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Meetings of interest at CSM
Thursday, Feb. 5
6:30 - 8 a.m. GCS Breakfast
8 - 10 a.m. PLATFORMS
8 - 10 a.m. Board Meeting 1
10 - 11 a.m. Health Promotion and Wellness SIG Meeting
6:30 - 10 p.m. Member Meeting and "Academy" Awards

Friday, Feb. 6
8 - 10 a.m. PLATFORMS
12 - 1 p.m. Cognitive and Mental Health SIG Meeting
1 - 2 p.m. Residency and Fellowship SIG Meeting
3 - 4 p.m. Balance and Falls SIG Meeting

Saturday, Feb. 7
6:30 - 8 a.m. Board Meeting 2
10 - 11 a.m. Bone Health SIG Meeting

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Member opportunity to serve on APTA committees
The call for volunteers to serve on APTA committees is open now through Feb. 11. Members interested in serving on Ethics and Judicial, Finance and Audit, Leadership Development, Public Policy and Advocacy committees or an Awards subcommittee are encouraged to let APTA know of their willingness to participate. The first step is to complete an interest profile on the Volunteer Interest Pool webpage. Once completed, click on "Apply for Current Vacancies" and select the committee you're interested in joining. Complete details on all committees can be found on APTA's Volunteer Groups webpage.
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AGPT bylaw changes to be voted on at CSM
The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy's Bylaws Task Force is submitting proposals to modify and update the Academy Bylaws. The bylaws were updated in February 2014 with our new name and the last comprehensive review occurred in 2006. Any changes to the bylaws require membership to receive at least 30 days' prior notice to voting on the changes. These proposed changes will be discussed and voted upon at the Member Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at CSM in Indianapolis and require a two-thirds majority vote.

Please view the proposed changes to the bylaws here.

The changes include the following concepts:
  1. The Academy Bylaws were reviewed for consistency with the new Articles of Incorporation and consistency with current Academy practice.
  2. Removal of a member of the BOD was added based upon the recommendation of an external reviewer of the Academy bylaws and to be consistent with rules for non-profit agencies incorporated Virginia.
  3. Article VII, Section 1: Directors were changed to Directors at Large to avoid confusion with umbrella term "Directors."
  4. A major addition to the Bylaws is a section on voting asynchronously. The language in Article VII, Section 6 is necessary to make us in compliance with Roberts Rules.
Unless designated otherwise, new text is shown in red and deleted text is shown with a strikethrough. Please contact the academy office with any questions. Thank you!

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A walk a day may keep early death away
Today Show
Get off your duff and take a walk. Just one energetic, 20-minute stroll each day could slash your risk of suffering an early death, perhaps adding untold years through with those extra steps, scientists reported. In fact, by tracking more than 330,000 European men and women over a 12-year-span, experts determined that twice as many deaths may be tied to a lack of exercise as by obesity.
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Building a brand: Deliver your practice's message to the community
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
Branding is a hot word throughout the business world. In short, it has everything to do with identity. An effective brand creates an immediate association between a product and a place. Your product is what your practice produces and delivers. Your brand is your promise. In your physical therapy practice, you should pay attention to the association you want to create for the public, so there's no doubt an effect, experience and emotion are created that strengthen your reputation.
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How to squeeze every drop from your marketing efforts
By Jarod Carter
I don't know about you, but every January brings in at least a couple new/return patients for the same reason: They were trying to "get back into shape" after many months of little-to-no exercise. In an effort to add value to the relationship I have with my patients as well as capitalize on the yearly trend of people returning to a more active lifestyle, I created a YouTube video that teaches people how to do a quick movement screen on themselves to determine if they have injury predispositions.
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NIH panel cites need for patient-centered approach to treat chronic pain
An independent panel convened by the National Institutes of Health concluded that individualized, patient-centered care is needed to treat and monitor the estimated 100 million Americans living with chronic pain. To achieve this aim, the panel recommends more research and development around the evidence-based, multidisciplinary approaches needed to balance patient perspectives, desired outcomes and safety.
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Potassium salts in plant foods improve bone health
The Medical News
Latest research from the University of Surrey has found that the potassium salts (bicarbonate and citrate) plentiful in fruit and vegetables, play an important part in improving bone health. For the first time, the results also showed that these potassium salts reduce bone resorption, the process by which bone is broken down, therefore increasing their strength. The study, published in the journal Osteoporosis International, also revealed that high intake of potassium salts significantly reduces the excretion of calcium and acid in urine.
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Study suggests increase in falls not due to aging population
Physical Therapy Products
During a period of 12 years, prevalence of self-reported falls among older adults reportedly appeared to be on the rise, yet researchers say they found the increase is not due to the changing demography. A news release issued by the University of Michigan Health System states that researchers analyzed data from 1998 to 2010 among adults aged 65 years and older and found an 8 percent increase in falls, translating to a relative increase of nearly 30 percent.
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Phenotype may help predict hemorrhagic stroke complications
Physical Therapy Products
Researchers have reportedly pinpointed a potential genetic predictor of disabling or fatal stroke complications. Additionally, the findings may apply to other neurological disorders, according to researchers. During the study, the team investigated patients who had sustained a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Among patients who survive the initial subarachnoid hemorrhagic stroke, two-thirds still face cerebral vasospasm, which typically occurs three to 14 days after the initial stroke.
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Aging population care among top health issues to watch in 2015 (CNN)

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