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Slower Walking Speed Linked to Higher Dementia Risk

A study published in JAMA Network Open found that a slower walking speed in older adults, combined with a decline in memory function, was an indicator of future dementia risk. "These results highlight the importance of gait in dementia risk assessment," said study co-author Taya Collyer.

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Health Systems Continue to Extract Value Out of Home-Based Care Partnerships

Home Health Care News | By Patrick Filbin
Joint ventures and collaborations between home-based care providers, tech companies and health systems continue to have operational upside.
Some of the biggest names in home-based care have already proven that to be the case with their joint venture strategies over the past several months and years.
Moving forward, however, it could be even more so the case, experts said at the Health Care Council of Chicago conference this week.
“From my perspective, we’re thinking about how we build partnerships or joint ventures and other ways to serve our patient population, largely because we intend to continue to grow in terms of value-based, risk-based contracts,” Denise Keefe, president of home health for Advocate Aurora Health, said at the conference Wednesday.

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President's Message

Posted: June 1, 2022

Memorial Day has come and gone—we are into summer. Hopefully, all were able to slow down for the long weekend, relax, and take some time to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day—not just a long weekend and the beginning of summer, but a time to honor and remember all those who gave their lives in service to our nation.

As summer begins, and our lives slow down a little (we hope!), APTA life gets busy. On June 16, Dr. Lisa VanHoose will deliver the Linda Woodruff lecture virtually. Click here to learn more. 

Sometime in July, APTA Home Health will hold a virtual town hall so that you, our members, can provide feedback on the motions before the House of Delegates. Packet 1 was released last week and can be found online in the House of Delegates Hub.

Finally, APTA’s Leadership Congress will be held in Washington, DC, August 12-16. This will include the House of Delegates, the APTA Awards and Honors, student programming, programming for the Association Scholars, and a federal advocacy event. The Academy is seeking an alternate delegate for the House, and can nominate two student Academy members for the student programming.

Be safe, stay aware, and have a great summer!



 Phil Goldsmith
 APTA Home Health  


Latest 'Quarterly Report' Available Electronically Now 

The latest print issue -- Spring 2022 - Vol. 57 No. 2 -- of the APTA Home Health Quarterly Report is on its way to Academy members, however members can read it now on the Academy's Quarterly Report Library page (you must be signed in as a member to view this page). Not a member? Join us!


2022 APTA Honors and Awards Program

APTA's Honors and Awards program celebrates outstanding achievements on the part of association members in the areas of overall accomplishment, education, practice and service, publications, research, and academic excellence. APTA has announced the 2022 Honors and Awards Program recipients, and it is our pleasure to announce that the following members from APTA Home Health have been selected to receive the following awards:

Lucy Blair Service Award - (Practice & Service Award) The Lucy Blair Service Award honors physical therapist members or physical therapist life members whose contributions to APTA are of exceptional quality. Qualifying contributions can pertain to association components, through work on appointed or elected positions, and/or in other capacities at the association and component levels.

  • Peggy J. Lynam, PT, DPT
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy

Jack Walker Award - (Publications Award) The Jack Walker Award honors an author or team whose published study in Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal (PTJ) presents novel and innovative research related to patient care and advance clinical science, as it pertains to the physical therapy profession.

  • Jason R. Falvey, PT, DPT, PhD
    Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy

Award recipients will be recognized with a ceremony and a reception hosted by the PT Fund on Sunday, Aug. 14, in Washington D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The Honors & Awards Ceremony will immediately follow the 27th John H.P. Maley Lecture beginning at 7:00 pm E.T.

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