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CEEAA registration now available in St. Louis
All PTs with the CEEAA credential will demonstrate expert clinical decision-making skills in (1) designing and applying an effective examination and exercise prescription and (2) measuring the effectiveness and reflecting the current evidence of exercise for all aging adults. The process to attain the credential of "Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults" is to complete formal didactic education, and to participate in supervised and mentored skills development, home-based reflection and critical thinking. Three courses of two days each will address evidence-based examination and different and increasingly complex aspects of exercise design and delivery. The three courses are designed to build on each other; however, Courses 1 and 2 can be taken out of sequence.

Missouri dates are as follows:

Course 1: May 30-31
Course 2: July 18-19
Course 3: Oct. 24-25
All courses will be held at Saint Louis University.

For registration and more information, please visit go here.
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Push Pin Changers now available from AGPT!
Made from sturdy, yet flexible plastic, the Push Pin Changer slides over the index finger and features a nub that presses down on push pins for easy, pain-free adjustment of healthcare accessories.

Comfortable to use for either hand, it relieves pressure on fingers and hands when adjusting the push pin settings of canes, crutches walkers and more. Recommended for PTs, PTAs, OTs, rehab specialists nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Measures approximately 1" x 1" — One size fits most

FREE shipping! The Push Pin Changer can be ordered through the AGPT store.

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GeriNotes is seeking articles for the 2015 year
GeriNotes is a non-peer reviewed journal that provides articles of interest and also acts as a news and informational outlet for the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. A wide variety of topics are of interest, including treatment and/or examination ideas, case reports, refection papers, reviews of literature and more. If you have information to share, it will be considered! Please see the author instructions on our website for details. Thanks!
Meri Goehring, PT, PhD, GCS

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  Get Your Patients Stronger, Faster

Eccentric exercise - requiring less energy and less oxygen than traditional concentric exercise - is ideal for the aging population. Help your clients get stronger sooner, improve balance, improve stair descent, and decrease fall risk - with high volume eccentrics. Clients love Eccentron's fun, game-like experience, and stay motivated to make continuing strengthening progress.


Break into niche markets to create new streams of patients
By Jarod Carter
Word-of-mouth referrals from your patients are essential to building your business. Another large source of nonphysician referrals comes from establishing a presence in a niche market where people are serious about performance. This is only a list of the first three niche markets that came to mind, but the list of possible markets is seemingly endless. If you are creative and consistent over time, there are more patients in niche markets than you could possibly have the time to accommodate in your practice.
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Study highlights eye-tracking technology to detect severity in brain injury
Physical Therapy Products
An objective diagnostic tool for concussion designed for use in the emergency department or, in the future, at sporting events, was highlighted by a recent study published online in the Journal of Neurotrauma. The study, which featured neuroscientists and concussion experts from NYU Langone Medical Center and elsewhere, used a novel eye-tracking device engineered to measure the severity of concussion or brain injury in patients presenting to emergency departments post-head trauma.
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Looking to get published this year?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the AGPT NewsBrief, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AGPT, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Early physical therapy returns drastic improvements for Parkinson's
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
"There has been a paradigm shift in how we view Parkinson's. Years ago, people were not referred to physical therapy until they fell," explained Sandy Fini, MSPT, senior physical therapist, Helen Hayes Hospital Outpatient Neurology Center, West Haverstraw, N.Y. That change has propelled physical therapists like Fini to be more aggressive in their approach toward patients with the degenerative disease. Now, initiating physical therapy earlier — as soon as possible after diagnosis — has become the trend.
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Obama budget tackles self-referral exception for physical therapy
PT in Motion
President Barack Obama has included a proposal to eliminate exceptions to physician self-referral laws in his 2016 budget, a change that the administration says would create savings of $6.02 billion over 10 years. As in previous years, Obama is proposing the elimination of loopholes in the Stark law that prohibit referral to most in-office ancillary services under Medicare.
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Older adults can build more muscle by doubling protein intake
Medical Xpress
Increased muscle mass can contribute to a healthier weight, better fitness and an improved quality of life. New research in the American Journal of Physiology—Endocrinology and Metabolism explores whether the amount and timing of protein consumption make a difference in the body's net protein gains.
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'Microcapsule' delivery method may hold promise for osteoarthritis patients
Physical Therapy Products
A recently developed "microcapsule" treatment delivery method may help reduce inflammation in cartilage impacted by osteoarthritis and reverse tissue damage. A naturally occurring protein molecule called C-type natriuretic peptid is known to reduce inflammation and aid in the repair of damaged tissue.
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    Study suggests increase in falls not due to aging population (Physical Therapy Products)
A walk a day may keep early death away (Today Show)
Meetings of interest at CSM (AGPT)
Potassium salts in plant foods improve bone health (The Medical News)

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