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Nominate your peers for a Section award — deadline extended to Nov. 15
• Student Research Award
• Clinical Educator Award
• Excellence in Geriatric Research 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
• Fellowship for Geriatric Research
• Excellence in Geriatric Research Award
Nominations are due Nov. 15 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 section awards, please visit the Section on Geriatrics website at http://www.geriatricspt.org/awards/awards.cfm or email email@example.com.
JGPT web editor request for applicants
Digital editor for the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy is now seeking applications for a new associate editor responsible for the duties of digital editor. Read the job description here:
Please send your application to Richard Bohannon, editor-in-chief, at firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 1.
Watch for details on the all new 2014 Section on Geriatrics calendar!
Twelve months of bone health tips on exercise, posture, nutrition and more. Watch your email and the website for ordering details soon!
Instructional video: 'Kypholordosis Measurement Using a Flexible Curve'
The instructional video "Kypholordosis Measurement Using a Flexible Curve" is a teaching video on the flexible curve measurement of kypholordosis, produced by the Section on Geriatrics, APTA Bone Health Special Interest Group. This teaching tool has been created in hopes that therapists can learn the technique as an alternative to learning the technique in a continuing education course. By demonstrating the procedure on four different patients, with four different types of kypholordosis, the fundamentals of the flexible curve measurement technique can be learned.
Why use the flexible curve?
Physical therapy interventions for treatment of impaired spinal posture need to be determined through the use of evidence-based evaluation procedures. Utilization of the flexible curve procedure is an efficient and cost effective method for obtaining valid and reproducible objective measurements of individuals with kypholordosis. The video is $25 for Section members and can be ordered from our online store at http://www.geriatricspt.org/store/index.cfm.
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.
Attention recent CEEAA grads
If you have completed the CEEAA course series and are certified as a CEEAA and you haven't yet joined the CEEAA listserv and wish to do so, please contact Lori Lunzman at email@example.com.
Dance away the pain: Parkinson's patients improve mobility through exercise
At the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., some patients with Parkinson's disease are finding relief from their debilitating symptoms and maintaining their quality of life by dancing.
The aquatic experience
In water-based rehab, patient perception of therapy matters most. Patients who make functional improvements with therapy, but who are unhappy with the care they receive, don't find therapy to be of benefit. And it's not just a subjective feeling of malaise. This discontent boils over into the realm of physical improvement. The former colors the latter.
'Anklebot' that measures joint stiffness could help rehab
Medical News Today
The ankle joint is a complex structure of muscles, tendons and bones, that poses a real challenge for rehabilitation when it goes wrong. Now a team of biomechanical experts at MIT has devised a robot they call the "Anklebot" that can measure ankle stiffness in different directions, giving important information for physical therapists.
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Global stroke burden increasing
PT in Motion
In what its authors describe as the first study of its kind, the burden of stroke was found to be a growing global issue, with a 25 percent increase in the number of strokes suffered by adults aged 20-64 around the world and disparities among higher and lower-income countries. The study, published in The Lancet, states that the rise in strokes among younger populations will put increased burdens on countries throughout the world.
How physical therapists can walk the talk in their job
Son Trinh writes, "We spend most of the days in our job as a physical therapist just talking. The question is whether we 'walk the talk' or just open our mouths and let the hot air out, not thinking about how our advice applies to us as much as to improving our patient's health. We're making recommendations, prescribing exercise, describing diseases and what to do about them. There's lots of talking but how about showing?"
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