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Section on Geriatrics election results posted
Please congratulate the following Section on Geriatrics members who will take office at the Member's Meeting on Feb. 4 at CSM in Las Vegas:
  • Secretary: Ann Medley
  • Section Delegate: Steven Chesbro
  • Director: Danille Parker
  • Nominating Committee: Veronica Southard
A big thank you to all candidates and to all members who voted!
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Section members needed to help judge the Student Brochure Contest
Each year, The Section on Geriatrics runs a contest for PT and PTA students to design and submit a consumer brochure to be published by the Section. Students with the winning brochures win free section membership for a year, and are honored at the Section Member/Awards Meeting at CSM. This year we have received many entries and are looking for a few committed and dedicated section members to help judge the brochures. Please email Tamara Gravano, membership chair directly at to become a volunteer for this task. Winners are notified in December so please let Tamara know if you can help by Thursday, Nov. 21.
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Pre-orders being accepted for the all new 2014 Section on
Geriatrics Calendar!

Twelve months of bone health tips on exercise, posture, nutrition and more. The Section on Geriatrics is pleased to offer members the 2014 Bone Health Calendar! Each calendar offers a variety of exercises, posture tips, weight bearing activities and nutrition ideas for older adults. Show your patients you care all year long! The Bone Health Calendar makes a great gift and the more you purchase, the more you save!

1 – 2 calendars: $10 each and free shipping
3 calendars: $25 and free shipping
4-10 calendars: $8 each plus shipping
11-20 calendars: $7 each plus shipping
21-49 calendars: $6 each plus shipping

Please call 1-866-586-8247 for availability and pricing on orders over 50 calendars.

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Wanted: New SOG state advocates!
This program is getting rejuvenated and we are looking for volunteers who would like to be their state advocate, working at the local level to advocate for older adults. Some of the responsibilities of an advocate are:
  1. Provide two-way communication between SoG and the chapter.
  2. Communicate with SoG members in your state when there are geriatric-related issues, courses, meetings, etc. in your chapter
  3. Hold at least two activities each year to promote increased awareness and knowledge of PT for the older adult in your chapter. Examples:
    • The Section can send a booth, promotional materials, and raffle items to you for display at your chapter meeting.
    • Facilitate one of your chapter’s courses (at a meeting, regionally, etc) to be a geriatric topic.
    • Organize a study group for the GCS exam.
    • Hold an awareness/consumer education event at a LTC facility, senior center, mall, etc. Could be osteoporosis seminar, balance and falls awareness fair, exercise for Seniors event, etc. (Support resources for these types of events available through the Section)
    • Contact three community health fairs that are already occurring, and get a local PT to attend and participate.
    • Through personal contact, get 20 people who would identify as having a Geriatric practice focus to sign up for APTA’s “Find a PT” database.
    • In concert with your chapter, hold a fitness screening for older adults
    • Develop a relationship with a state agency that handles elder issues
    • Start a Geriatric Special Interest Group within your chapter, if it doesn’t already exist (counts as two activities!)
    • Come up with your own ideas to promote PT for the older adult in your state!
If you are interested and would like more info, please contact the SoG Advocate Coordinator Beth Black, PT, GCS, at .

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JGPT web editor request for applicants
Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
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 by Dec. 1.

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Activity limitation rates rising faster than predicted
PT in Motion
Overall arthritis rates rose as expected in the United States between 2010 and 2012 but the incidence of arthritis-attributable activity limitation exceeded projections, with an estimated 22.7 million Americans — nearly half of the estimated 52.5 million with arthritis-suffering with symptoms that limited normal physical activity. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers and have called for "greater use of evidence-based interventions" to battle the effects of AAAL.
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Wheelchair seating tipsheet
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
This interactive guide offers physical therapy professionals information about different aspects of wheelchair seating to ensure patient safety, comfort and mobility.
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6 ways to convince patients to do a home exercise program
Son Trinh writes, "I once had a patient tell me he didn't want to do the home exercise program because it sounded like homework and he hated school, so he didn't want to do it. So there's a lesson for you. Don't remind your patients of school. Instead, try these ideas."
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4 crucial therapist resume questions hiring managers want to know
As a point of fact, hiring managers in healthcare only spend around 15 seconds perusing over a new resume of a therapist for the first time and they're really only looking for a couple of things when they do. They're on autopilot, for the most part. Here's what they want to know.
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What PQRS could look like in 2014
By Heidi Jannenga
On July 19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register. According to this summary, most of the policies were open for comment until Sept. 6 and, pending final decisions — which hopefully will occur this month — will take effect Jan. 1, 2014. The 605-page document contains proposals for policy changes on everything from reimbursements to the Physician Compare tool on Medicare's website. Today, though, let's focus on what the rule proposes for the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System. Here are some of the highlights.
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