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Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy: 2009 - Volume 32 - Issue 4 - p 190–191

The Research Committee of the Section on Geriatrics has completed the peer-review process and has selected 16 platform presentations and 32 poster presentations focusing on key issues in physical therapy care for aging adults. Platform presentations are scheduled for Friday 2/19/10 and Saturday 2/20/10 from 8 until 11 am on both days. Posters will be on display during Exhibit Hall hours; refer to the CSM link at onsite program to determine when authors will be available for discussion of their work.

A list of platform presentations (by date and time) and poster sessions (alphabetical by title) follows below. Full abstracts are available at the APTA CSM link at; on the Section on Geriatrics Website:, publications tab, Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy link, or on the Journal's Web site

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Friday 2/19/10

8:00 Quadriceps strength and stair climbing after total knee arthroplasty . Bade M, Struessel T, Kohrt W, Stevens- Lapsley. University of Colorado Denver, Aurora CO.

8:20 Exploring the role of step width variability in mobility and physical function. Brach JS, Van Swearingen J, Hornyak V, Wert D, Hile E, Studenski S. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburg PA.

8:40 Changes in limb loading asymmetry and knee function before and after total knee arthroplasty. Christiansen C, Stevens-Lapsley J, University of Denver, Aurora CO.

9:00 Pharmaceutical agents used to treat osteoporosis; implications for designing effective interventions. McGaughey B, Klene FJ, Bayliss AJ, Fuchs RK. Indiana University, Indianapolis IN.

9:30 Psychometric properties of the walking trail B test for fall risk in community dwelling elderly. Greany JF. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse WI.

9:50 Associations between fear of falling, physical function, and physical activity in older adults. Hornyak V, Talkowski JB, Wert DM, Van Swearingen J, Hile E, Brack JS, Studenski S. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA.

10:10 Physical therapy treatment selection in patients with chronic low back pain. Greenberger H, Beissner KL, Jewell DV. Ithaca College, Ithaca NY; Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA.

10:30 Fall risk factors in adults with diabetic peripheral neuropathy . Harrison A, Dunsmore L, Holt C, Shaffer WS. University of Kentucky, Lexington KY, and Baylor University, San Antonio TX.

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Saturday 2/20/10

8:00 Health and wellness promotion by physical therapists working with older adults in the clinical setting: a pilot study . Huske R, Jablow A, Healy WE. Northwestern University, Chicago IL.

8:20 High intensity eccentric resistance training on muscle structure, function, and mobility in elderly cancer survivors. LaStayo P, Marcus RL, Dibble S, Larsen S. University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT.

8:40 Does fall risk play a role in the success of fall prevention intervention. Panzer V, Smith V, Burleson J. University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington CT; Brookside Research and Development, North Salem NY.

9:00 Meaningful change and responsiveness of psychological fall-related factors in older adults. Wert DM, Brach JS, Hile E, Van Swearingen J, Studenski S. University of Pittsburg, Pittsburgh PA.

9:30: Fear avoidance beliefs are associated with disability in older adults with low back pain. Sions JM, Hicks GE. University of Delaware, Newark DE.

9:50 Introducing new to old: an innovative approach to socializing entry-level DPT students in geriatrics. Stern DF, Rosenthal R, Nof L. Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale FL.

10:10 Aerobic and anaerobic power deficits in physically frail older adults with sarcopenia. Sinacores DR, Merriwether EN, Host HH. Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO.

10:30 A randomized trial of gait interventions: effect of confidence, fear, activity and function in older adults with mobility disability. Van Swearingen J, Brach JS, Perera DM, Wert E, Hile E, Studenski S. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA.

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Acute effects of varied treatment duration and frequency of whole-body vibration on balance, muscular strength and muscular power in healthy elderly individuals: a randomized, double-blind, cross-over trial. Rayburn J, Johnson KE, Riner J, Jackons K, Brahler C, Merriman H. University of Dayton, Dayton OH.

Age and falls related accelerated pattern attenuation at the head during common daily activities. Janik RJ, Gawle KM, Vardaxis V. Des Moines University, Des Moines IA.

Age-related sensory motor changes associated with balance function. Kumar NA, Wrisly DM, Tomita MR, Burkard R, Homish GG. University of Buffalo, Buffalo NY, and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Odessa TX.

Clinometric properties of the Four-Square-Step Test under single and dual task conditions. Bastos S, Lusardi MM, Chui K. Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT.

Comparison of the Timed-up and Go scores in balance impaired older adults under different visual conditions. Huang M, Weber M, Greenwald NF, Burgess R. University of Mississippi, Jackson MS.

Determination of optimal timing for total knee arthroplasty using preoperative clinical measures. Zeni JA, Snyder-Mackler L, Bade M, Wolfe J, Steven-Lapsley J. University of Delaware, Newark DE, and University of Colorado Denver, Aurora CO.

Determining the learning effect for the Four-Square Step Test and normative value measures for the Four-Square Step Test and Star Excursion Balance Test in adults aged 30–60. English RA, Moore A, Weber C. University of Kentucky, Lexington KY.

The effect of acute fatigue of the hip abductors on single-leg balance in young and old women. Bellew JW, Staples B, Olson K, Brock M, Peterson L, Panwitz B. University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis IN.

The effect of balance confidence on context-oriented functional reach in healthy older adults. Norris B, Medley A. Texas Women's University, Dallas TX.

The effect of exercise on the ability of asymptomatic older adults to reach overhead. Dutcher M, Fassnacht K, Glasbrenner E, Maquire C, Dronberger J. Rockhurst University, Kansas City MO.

The effect of a multi-factorial intervention program emphasizing core muscle strengthening on balance and reduction of falls in community-dwelling older women. Mohamed O. California State University Long Beach, Long Beach CA.

Enhancing university-community partnerships with the older adult community to promote active and meaningful student learning. Johnson CT, Giuliani C. Elon University, Elon NC, and University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill NC.

Evaluation of canes used by older people in senior communities. Liu H, Wang W. University of Central Arkansas, Conway AR.

Executive function and physical performance speed in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Kelly VE, Ciol MA, Engel JM, McGough EL, Logsdon R, McCurry S, Cochrane B, Teri L. University of Washington, Seattle WA.

Exercise characteristics of older women in a rural community. Schrodt L, Barrier W, Crosby M, Mikeal E, Pearson L, Shoffner R, Yarbrough K. Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC.

Geriatric adaptations to specific physical training: a man with a mission. Chase LS, Schooley M. University of St. Augustine, St. Augustine FL.

Hatha Yoga improves ability to rise from the floor in community dwelling older adult women. Leininger PM, Hakim RM, Newton RA. University of Scranton, Scranton PA and Temple University, Philadelphia PA.

Impact of resistance and agility training on fall risk reduction in an 84 year old man with dementia. Nebbia MS. Fox Rehabilitation, Cherry Hill NJ.

Impaired muscle force steadiness and muscle force accuracy: a measurement approach in high fall-risk older individuals. Chung-Hoon K, Tracy BL, LaStayo P, University of Utah, Salt Lake City UT and Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO.

Knowledge of diabetes physical activity guidelines and exercise self-efficacy in older minorities with diabetes. Pariser GL, Stevens J. Bellarmine University, Louisville KY.

Multi-directional treadmill testing as an intervention for decreased balance and function in a patient with diabetic peripheral neuropathy: a case study. Shaffer SW, Read J, Woodward S, Geiman C, K McCoy, Harrison A. University of Kentucky, Lexington KY, and Baylor University, San Antonio TX.

Patient perceptions of functional recovery using the KOOS versus objective measures of physical performance after total knee arthroplasty. Jeevanjee M, Stevens-Lapsley J, Dayton MR. University of Colorado Denver, Aurora CO.

Perceptions and experiences of a service learning classroom clinical experience: the geriatric client perspective. Saliga S, Stiller C, Thompson KA. Oakland University, Rochester MN.

Physical activity in Hispanic versus non-Hispanic older adults in the Florida Alzheimer's Research Center cohort. Kirk-Sanchez NJ, Lowenstein DA, Acevedo A, Greig MT, Barker W, Wu Y, Potter H. University of Miami, Coral Gables FL, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach FL, University of South Florida, Tampa FL.

Pilates-based exercise for fall risk reduction in older adults: a pilot study. Roller M, Kachigwe AF, Beling J, Ickes D, Cabot SL, Schrier G. California State University Northridge, Northridge CA.

The relationship between axial range of motion and kinematic responses to balance perturbations. Diehl D, Jackson R, Paden L, Wallace K. University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis IN.

Rising from the floor in older adults: a pilot study. Kilma DW, Gilbert C, Hamad D, Patel D. University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne MD.

Service learning project on fall prevention awareness. Brazill J, Chalmers M, Shumway-Cook A, Matsuda PN. University of Washington, Seattle WA.

Student facilitated health promotion intervention for chronic disease self-management in at risk elders: reflections from the field. Seymour CJ, Cannon S. University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell MA.

Test-retest reliability of three grip dynamometers in young and elder patients. Sesto ME, Irwin C. University of Madison-Wisconsin, Madison WI.

Use of the community screening form for aging adults as a component of a senior Ikeda ER, Hamilton WA, Thane M. University of Montana, and Missoula Community Medical Center, Missoula MT.

Validity of the Kansas University Sitting and Standing Balance Scale as a measure of fall risk in the elderly. Pardo V, Kroll S, Serecky J, Schepens, A Goldberg. Wayne State University, Detroit MI.

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