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Editor's Message: Change in the New Year…

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This month finds the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy at a point of transition that is both very exciting and somewhat bittersweet. As of January 1, 2010 the Journal's publisher will be Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. As part of this change, the Journal's Web site will become the “point of entry” for authors, with revised and updated instructions about manuscript preparation, and the ability to submit work and track its progression through the review process online. It will enhance the “mechanics” of the review process, making it possible to be more responsive and reach disposition decisions more quickly. One of the things that the Editorial Team is most excited about is the ability to post accepted articles as an “e‐pub” ahead of print, making new evidence available to colleagues in clinical and research environments as quickly as possible, without the “lag time” that now exists between acceptance and publication in print. Once the transition is made, we will be investigating the possibility of posting additional materials (such as video clips) and creating podcasts relevant to accepted articles as well. While there are sure to be some quirks to work out as we implement the new systems, the Editorial Team is confident that this will allow the JGPT to continue to grow and mature as a leading source of clinically relevant evidence for the enhancement of rehabilitation and wellness care for aging adults.

Despite all of these anticipated benefits, the Editorial Team regrets that our long‐held and much valued collaborative relationship with our capable Production Editor, Sharon Klinski, from the Orthopaedic Section office will be ending. Sharon has cheerfully and effectively assisted each of the Journal's Editors in “growing” the journal from its first issue to its present format. In addition to her technical skills in transforming paragraphs, tables, and figures into well‐designed printed pages, her calm demeanor, to‐the‐point communication style, “can‐do” attitude, and incredible support are the intangibles that each of the Editors came to rely on. On behalf of all of the former Editors and of the Members of the Section on Geriatrics, I want to publically acknowledge and applaud Sharon for the quality of her contributions and efficiency of her work in bringing each issue of the JGPT to press over so many years. We wouldn't be where we are without her!

This issue begins with a “White Paper” which challenges each of us to examine if the strengthening exercise programs we design for the aging adults we care for are of sufficient intensity (load) and duration to physiologically trigger the muscle adaptation necessary to improve all three aspects of muscle performance: strength, power, and muscular endurance. Using evidence from both exercise science and clinical research literatures, authors Avers and Brown suggest guidelines for exercise founded on the individual patient's baseline capacity and principles of exercise specificity.

One of the common threads across the research reports and case report included in this final issue of 2009 concerns risk of falling. Several articles discuss assessment of balance and fall risk, others focus on development and evaluation of interventions to reduce occurrence of falls and improve postural control and balance. They are set in many environments; from the home and in the community to subacute and long term care settings, in the United States, Ireland, and Germany. Each makes a contribution to the “best available evidence” that physical therapists and rehabilitation professionals use to guide clinical decision making.

Both the rate of submission and the quality of manuscripts sent in for review continues to grow. At the time of preparation of this issue (early October) we have received more manuscripts than the previous calendar year. Our reviewers, busy and dedicated professionals who volunteer their time, feel great responsibility to provide constructive criticism and effective peer review to authors who submit their work. The Associate Editors and I wish to thank each colleague who participated in the peer review process during 2009. We are grateful for their service, and we celebrate their contribution to the Journal and to the Section on Geriatrics!

A. William Andrews, PT, EdD, NCS*

John O. Barr, PT, PhD*

Ronald De Vera Barredo, PT, DPT,

EdD, GCS

Michael Bemben, PhD*

Richard W. Bohannon. PT, EdD, NCS,

FAPTA, FAHA*

Salome Brooks, PT, EdD

Monica Busse, PT, PhD

Kathleen Cegles, PT, DEd

Stephen Chesbro, PT, DPT, EdD, GCS

Julia Chevan, PT, PhD, OCS

Kevin Chui, PT, PhD, GCS

Robert Clark, PT, DPT

Amy Darragh, OTR/L, PhD

Zeevi Driv, PhD, LLB*

Tammy Dziadek, PT, DPT, GCS

Joan Edelstein, PT, MS, GCS, FISPO

Richard Fortinsky, PhD*

Tiffany Frimmel, PT, PhD

Stacy Fritz, PT, PhD

Allon Goldberg, PT, PhD

Tamara Gravano, PT, DPT, GSC

Tim Hanke, PT, PhD

Janine Hatch, PT, DPT, GCS

Dawn Hayes, PT, DPT

Kent Irwin, PT, MS, GCS

Tim Kaufmann, PT, PhD*

Mary King, MD

Justin Keogh, PhD

Patricia Kluding, PT, PhD

David Lake, PT, PhD

Sarah Lamb, PT, PhD*

Sandy Levi, PT, PhD

Hao Liu, PT, MD, PhD

Corrie Mancinelli, PT, PhD

Kathleen Mangione, PT, PhD, GCS*

Carol Maritz, PT, EdD, GCS

Ken Miller, PT, DPT

Matthew Moran, PhD

Michael Moran, PT, DPT, DSc

Theresa Nemmers, PT, PhD

David Pariser, PT, PhD

Melissa Peterson, PT, PhD, GCS

Patricia Pohl, PT, PhD

Julie Ries, PT, PhD, GCS

Lori Schrodt, PT, PhD

Cathie Sherrington, PT, PhD*

Veronica Southard, PT, DHSc, GCS

Brock Symonds, PhD

Anthony Vanderwoort, PhD*

Harvey Wallman, PT, PhD, OCS

Sheila Watts, PT, MS, MBA, GCS

Joshua Weis, PT, MS

Robert Wellmon, PT, PhD, NCS

Anne Williams, PT, PhD

Bernadette Williams, PT, DSc, GCS

Kathleen Zettegren, PT, PhD, NCS

*denotes Editorial Board Member

Copyright © 2009 the Section on Geriatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association

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