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AGPT Topic Nos. 3 and 4 discounted!
Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 4 — SPECIAL: Now HALF PRICE! $100 for members
The Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy if pleased to present Volume 4 of the Geriatric Home Study Course. Course topics have been complied based upon readers' interest and feedback. In addition to this, the series is the first to focus on women's health as it pertains to the older adult. The authors in this series have linked theory to practice across the spectrum of care and provide practical insights through case studies. lease note there are no CEUs available for this edition.

Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 — SPECIAL: Now 75 percent OFF! $50 for members while supplies last
Topics in Geriatrics: Volume 3 will offer the course participant an increased depth of knowledge across several practice dimensions. The course begins with two niche practice areas: working with older adult drivers and older adults who are obese. Readers will understand how physical therapists can have a role in working with older adult drivers, even if we don't work in a setting with special equipment to specifically rehabilitate driving skills. Readers also will be introduced to the growing area of bariatrics across the healthcare continuum. In addition, there is an update on the role of the physical therapist in prevention of falls; what the latest research tells us and how we, as physical therapists, work with other team members. Readers also will gain insight into how physical therapists are successfully integrating public health in everyday practice and what physical therapists can offer in the public health arena. In the final two monographs, the reader will come away with a sound foundation to prescribe exercise for older adults and integrate the definition of "successful aging" into their practice. What does that mean for you and your practice area? Please note there are no CEUs available for this edition.
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Academy seeks home study course editor
A. Home Study courses usually consist of six monographs. Work to recruit authors and appropriate topics for the Home Study course.
B. In conjunction with the author, establish the monograph topic, scope and a deadline for submission.
C. Review the outline and learning objectives submitted by the author and offer suggestions and guidance regarding refinement of the scope and content of the proposed monograph.
D. Edit the monograph for clarity, accuracy, content, currency and overall quality.
E. The editor may enlist the aid of a co-editor or guest editor and delegate tasks as appropriate.
F. Report to the Academy Board when asked (usually twice a year prior to CSM and Annual Conference). If attending CSM, attend the Academy Member's Meeting and at least one Board Meeting.

Must be a member of the AGPT and maintain a working email address in APTA's database. The HSC Editor will be compensated for editorial services. Please contact the Academy Office at for more information.

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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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Save the date! Exercise Prescription, Physical Activity and Aging Conference: A Future of Possibilities
May 30-31, 2015. Toronto Airport Hilton. Register by Nov. 30 and save $100. For more info, please visit
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  RehabCare Chair/Adult Rehabilitation Studies

The Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Bellarmine University seeks applications from visionary and innovative individuals in the role of the RehabCare Chair of Adult Rehabilitation Studies in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Click on the link for additional information or to apply for this position:


Bracing for the falls of an aging nation
The New York Times
As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring. So the retirement communities, assisted living facilities and nursing homes where millions of Americans live are trying to balance safety and their residents' desire to live as they choose. Those who study and manage retirement facilities and nursing homes say there is heightened attention to preventing falls.
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Final Rule 2015: What PTs need to know
By Brooke Andrus
The summary of this year's Final Rule is hot off the presses, which means that — among other things — we now know the details regarding the Physician Quality Reporting System, or PQRS, for 2015. For those who have been following the PQRS saga since the program first came into being in 2007, it should come as no surprise that Medicare has yet again upped the ante for compliance. Based on the fact sheet CMS provided, here's the scoop on this year's reporting requirements.
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Study cites 'unacceptably low' rate of osteoporosis evaluation for men
PT in Motion
A new study asserts that men over 50 who suffer a wrist fracture — the kind of injury that often indicates skeletal fragility — are not getting adequately evaluated for osteoporosis. Researchers believe that these "unacceptably low" rates are putting men at risk and could be linked to a lingering assumption that osteoporosis is a "women's disease."
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Vibrating insoles may aid in reducing falls in older adults
Physical Therapy Products
Vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of the feet reportedly improved balance in older adult study participants, reducing postural sway and gait variability. The findings appear in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
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How big data will help save healthcare
More and more companies are talking about big data these days — but it's more than a buzzword. It might just change the way healthcare works in the U.S. From better patient outcomes to a more transparent healthcare system to more accessible and affordable care, big data could change every inch of the nation's $3 trillion healthcare industry — all for the better.
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Movement key to cognitive and physical health: Study
Physical Therapy Products
To improve cognition function, according to a study conducted at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montŕeal, the key is to simply "get moving." The study compared the impact of different training methods on the cognitive functions of individuals aged 62 to 84 years old. Two groups were assigned a high-intensity aerobic and strength-training program, while a third group performed tasks that targeted gross motor activities.
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Female-led businesses changing the look of outpatient physical therapy
Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
The world of private practice ownership maintains a perception as a primarily male-dominated set. But if a new wave of women physical therapy entrepreneurs is any indication, that view is changing. Women are starting 1,288 new businesses per day — double the rate from only three years ago, according to a report released in March 2014 and commissioned by American Express OPEN.
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Missed our previous issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Study indicates benefits of exercise may decrease with advancing age (Physical Therapy Products)
Practical motor learning strategies improve gait outcomes in stroke patients (Advance for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine)
Study finds best way to treat neck pain (Drug Discovery & Development)
What is direct access, and why should PTs care? (By Charlotte Bohnett)

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