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National Falls Prevention Awareness Day — The Balance & Falls SIG needs your help
Mindy Oxman Renfro, PT, PhD, DPT, GCS
Each year, National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is celebrated on the first day of fall (cute, huh?). This year, it will be celebrated on Sept. 22 and the theme this year is Preventing Falls — One Step at a Time.

My hope is to have PTs and PT students go out and offer the STEADI fall risk screening tool to older adults in many different places and venues. I am happy to train anyone in the use of the STEADI as needed. It can be used simply as a self-administered questionnaire with or without three balance tests (TUG, 30-second chair stand, and 4-position balance test). Following screening, basic fall prevention education is offered.

Please let me know if you are available to help in any of the following ways:
  1. Provide a site/location for screening.
  2. Go to a site and provide screening (please specify if you are a PT, PTA, or PT/ PTA student).
  3. Help publicize the event and/or coordinate events.
  4. Able to forward this email off to any interested groups/parties.
  5. Able to provide PR for the event before or after.
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Section on Geriatrics members recognized at annual conference
Congratulations to all honorees! They were recognized at APTA's Honors and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, June 27 at the APTA Conference and Exposition in Salt Lake City.

Michelle M. Lusardi, PT, DPT, PhD: Lucy Blair Service Award
David A. Pariser, PT, PhD: Lucy Blair Service Award *
Victoria S T Tilley, PT, GCS: Lucy Blair Service Award
Sandra B. Davis, PT: Marilyn Moffat Leadership Award
Anne L. Harrison, PT, PhD: Dorothy E. Baethke-Eleanor J. Carlin Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching
Jennifer E. Stevens-Lapsley, PT, MPT, PhD: Jack Walker Award
Debora A. Lasure, SPTA: Mary McMillan Scholarship Award, Physical Therapist Assistant Education Program

* Awarded posthumously

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It's time to start thinking about Section awards!
Student Research Award
Clinical Educator Award
Fellowship for Geriatric Research
Excellence in Geriatric Research Award
Adopt-A-Doc Award
Clinical Excellence In Geriatrics Award
Distinguished Educator Award
Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Award
Lynn Phillippi Advocacy for Older Adults Award
Volunteers in Action Community Service Award
Joan Mills Award

Nominations are due Nov. 1 and all awards will be presented at the Section Membership Meeting at CSM in January 2014. For additional information on the criteria and selection process for section awards, please visit the Section on Geriatrics website at or email

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The popular CEEAA Course Series is coming to Cherry Hill, NJ and Milwaukee in 2014!
All PTs with the CEEAA credential will demonstrate expert clinical decision-making skills in (1) designing and applying an effective examination and exercise prescription and (2) measuring the effectiveness and reflecting the current evidence of exercise for all aging adults. The process to attain the credential of "Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults" is to complete formal didactic education, and to participate in supervised and mentored skills development, home-based reflection, and critical thinking. Three courses of two days each will address evidence-based examination and different and increasingly complex aspects of exercise design and delivery. The three courses are designed to build on each other; however, Courses 1 and 2 can be taken out of sequence.

Cherry Hill, N.J. dates are as follows:
Course 1: June 21-22, 2014
Course 2: July 19-20, 2014
Course 3: Sept. 20-21, 2014
All courses will be held at the Fox Education Center in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Milwaukee dates are as follows:
Course 1: July 12-13, 2014
Course 2: Aug. 16-17, 2014
Course 3: Oct. 11-12, 2014
All courses will be held at Marquette University in Milwaukee

For registration information, please click here.

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Attention students: Changes coming to your JGPT subscription
Effective with the October-December 2013 issue of the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, students will receive their journals in an electronic format only. Students will be able to access the latest research in geriatric physical therapy both online and via our iPad app. Please watch for more details soon.
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Section Board seeks your feedback on proposed name change
Section President Bill Staples, PT, DHS, DPT, GCS, CEEAA recently proposed changing the name of the Section on Geriatrics, APTA to the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy and is seeking member feedback at

The primary reason for a name change is to better brand who we are. More details can be found in the March 2013 issue of GeriNotes (page 3). The Board of Directors welcomes your comments at or at the link above. Thank you!

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Medicare's 'improvement standard' for physical therapy has changed
The Washington Post
For years, seniors in Medicare have been told that if they don't improve when getting physical therapy or other skilled care, that care won't be paid for. No progress, no Medicare coverage — unless the problem got worse, in which case the treatment could resume.
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Treating progressive supranuclear palsy
ADVANCE Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Often initially diagnosed as Parkinson's disease, progressive supranuclear palsy (most commonly referred to as PSP) is an atypical form of Parkinson's. In fact, approximately 4 percent of those patients initially diagnosed with Parkinson's are later found to have PSP. Often, by the time PSP is diagnosed it has already progressed 50 percent of the disease course. Mean onset is 60 to 65 years. Though relatively rare, it is a rapidly progressing disease over a 7- to 9-year period. Usual causes of death are aspiration pneumonia, head trauma due to falls, or complications from a hip fracture.
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The benefits of non-traditional physical therapy plans for seniors
Duluth Patch
As seniors age, remaining active becomes increasingly important. Senior living communities and caregivers should consider looking beyond traditional physical therapy options to keep seniors engaged and active. Seniors are most receptive to physical therapy when caregivers and their therapists develop individualized plans that fit both their lifestyle and interests. Research shows that it is difficult to motivate seniors to begin to exercise if it hasn't previously been a priority. Integrating modified, low-impact activities, like gardening or yoga, into seniors' exercise plans increases the likelihood that they will commit to a new, healthy lifestyle and keep it up.
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United they stand
When two bombs exploded near the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line, healthcare professionals sprang into action, aiding hundreds of victims — 180 with critical injuries, providing trauma care, supporting them through arduous rehabilitation and helping them accept new realities of life. Physical therapists at Boston-area hospitals have played an integral part in the survivors' recoveries.
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Green grows the lawn: Health benefits of mowing
By Denise A. Valenti
When undertaken thoughtfully with appropriate clearance from medical professionals and attention to the environment and weather, mowing the lawn can be an enjoyable means to achieve the recommended level of physical activity, even for those with coronary or cardiac issues. Keeping that patch of lawn groomed and green can result in physical and emotional gains.
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