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Journal of Physical Therapy Education special issue shared with AGPT members

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The Journal of Physical Therapy Education, Issue 2, 2014, is a special issue on education to improve practice for older adults. We are very pleased to share this issue with the members of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy.

Each day we hear more about the impact of the healthcare needs of older adults in America on costs and access to health care for us all. Maggie Kuhn, founder of the Gray Panthers, was fond of reminding us that, "By the year 2020, the year of perfect vision, the old will outnumber the young." The editorial board of JOPTE determined that this presented an important topic for our special issue: What do we need to know about aging, the impact of aging on healthcare and the best ways to help physical therapists and physical therapists learn how to provide the needed care for an aging population. We were fortunate to have two outstanding leaders in geriatric physical therapy, John Barr and Rita Wong, agree to be the guest editors for this issue. They, in turn, recruited others to join them in writing two Expert Perspectives, one on the healthcare delivery issues related to care of older adults (Guccione, Frost, and Wong) and one on the workforce necessary for this care (Wong, Odom, and Barr).

The issue includes seven more articles, all exemplifying ways that geriatric care is being emphasized in the curriculum. The first five articles provide examples of incorporating direct contact with aging adults as part of the teaching strategy. These encounters take place in the classroom, the clinic and the community, all demonstrating the strength of active, engaged learning (Avers; Mercer, et al; Nowakowski, Kaufman and Pelletier; Palombaro, Campbell, and Black; Reicherter and Waller. The sixth article, by Ruckert, Plank, and Maring, provides an excellent guide to developing curricular content that is both learner centered and patient centered. This model can be used beyond geriatric content. Finally, Wedge, Mendoza and Reft offer an example of curricular content for the PTA. We know you will find all of these articles to be of use as you develop your curricula to meet this challenge!

To access this issue, download here.

We also thank the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy for allowing us to reprint the Essential Competencies in the Care of Older Adults at the Completion of the Entry-Level Physical Therapist Professional Program of Study. These competencies were used by the authors in this special issue to help guide their work.

JOPTE co-editors
Jan Gwyer, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Laurita Hack, PT, DPT, PhD, MBA, FAPTA more

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