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Section on Geriatrics election scheduled for Oct. 1-31
As in previous years, the Section on Geriatrics election will be online and take place Oct. 1-31. Please watch your email and for more details.

PTs and PTAs — If we don't have your email address or you if you have requested not to receive emails from the Section, you will need to contact if you would like a paper ballot. Those elected will take office at CSM in February of 2014.
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Falls Prevention Awareness Day is a big success!
Mindy Renfro, chair of the Balance and Falls SIG is thrilled to report that PTs across the country enjoyed great success with their many FPAD 2013 events. From governor's proclamations, fall screenings and balance assessments, to effective education ... Many older adults were positively impacted by PTs, PT students, and PTAs across the nation!

If you haven't sent in your results, please send them to so they can be compiled for a follow-up article. Please note (or estimate) the number of older adults that you served, what you did, and what you may have found. Also, please cc this email to your state lead. You can find your state lead's contact information at on the interactive state map. If you have pictures and photo releases, please send two or three of your best shots. Thanks again to all of you for a fantastic celebration. If you missed this year, watch for events next year!

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Nominate your peers for a Section Research Award
The Section on Geriatrics Adopt-A-Doc program seeks to recognize outstanding doctoral students committed to geriatric physical therapy. The purpose of the Section on Geriatrics Adopt-A-Doc program is to provide support to doctoral students interested in pursuing faculty positions in physical therapy education. The Adopt-A-Doc program is to facilitate the completion of the doctoral degree within an area of study relevant to geriatric physical therapy. Adopt-A-Doc award is to be given yearly. It will include:
  • Resource person (mentor) from the Board of Directors.
  • Up to $5,000 award to offset tuition or doctoral research costs. (Check presented at CSM meeting.)
  • A certificate presentation to awardee.
  • The individual (awardee) must submit a progress report at the end of the fiscal year (Dec. 30). Progress report to include research progress and budget expenses.
For full details, visit

The Fellowship for Geriatric Research is intended to provide partial financial support to physical therapists pursuing research in geriatrics. The research may be conducted as part of either a formal post-entry level academic program or a mentorship with an established investigator. A single award of up to $1,000 will be announced annually at the Awards Ceremony following the Member Meeting during the APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Find more info here:

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

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Looking for past GeriNotes issues
The Section Office has been busy archiving past issues of GeriNotes from the beginning of its publication. We have discovered that some older issues are missing. If you have any of the following issues and wish to donate them to the Section office, we would be very grateful! Issues we are in need of are summer and fall 1979; all issues from 1980; summer and fall issues from 1981 and 1982; summer issue of 1983; Volumes 3-4 from 1986; Volume 4 from 1989; Volumes 2-4 from 1993; Volumes 3-4 from 1994 and Volume 5 from 1999.
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Section on Geriatrics product spotlight
Consumer PowerPoint presentation: 'From Frail to Fun'

The SOG offers members many educational/instructional information and tools. Each month we would like to spotlight one that is available and that members might not know about. In September, we highlight a free member resource, the consumer PowerPoint presentation From Frail to Fun. The presentation was developed by the Section's Exercise Task Force and can be found here: You may want to also use the Section's Consumer Brochures, or the APTA's Consumer Brochures, to hand out when you make your presentation.
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8 things you need to know now about ICD-10
By Charlotte Bohnett
The United States is the last country in the world with modern healthcare to adopt ICD-10 diagnosis codes, but it will join the crowd on Oct. 1, 2014. This massive ICD-10 change is quickly approaching, and it affects all of us in the healthcare field. Thus, there is no time like the present to start your ICD-10 education. Here are the eight things you need to know now about ICD-10.
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Model helps identify gait changes
To better understand mobility issues suffered by older adults diagnosed with brain disorders such as Parkinson's disease — and detect them sooner — a University of Pittsburgh multidisciplinary research team is building a motion test that addresses a wide range of walking patterns and movements.
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Study: Ibuprofen may ease arthritis patients' depression
Reuters via Fox News
For people with a painful cartilage condition, common pain relievers may have small benefits for depression symptoms as well, a new study hints. Depression is more than twice as common among people with osteoarthritis, which happens when cartilage wears down around the hands, lower back, knees or other joints.
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4 things to learn as a physical therapist
The learning never stops. No matter how much you learn, there will always be something new. Here are four things they every PT can learn and take advantage of.
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Sample privacy notices now available for healthcare providers
PT in Motion
If you need help creating a Notice of Privacy Practice to comply with the HIPAA privacy rules, the federal government has developed model notices that you can customize, reproduce and distribute either in print or electronically to patients. You can download the model notice as a booklet, as a multipage document, as a single page presentation or as text only.
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