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Professor authors book on physical therapy for older adults

PT professor Dr. Bill StaplesDr. Bill Staples, associate professor in the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy (KSPT), has authored a new textbook, Geriatric Physical Therapy: A Case-Study Approach.

For the publication, Staples wrote or reviewed nearly 200 case studies involving the use of physical therapy with older adults. The cases offer a combination of theory and clinical application of knowledge in caring for the older adult population. Prevention, fitness, wellness, psychosocial issues, and rehabilitation are all addressed.

“There is nothing like this on the market,” Staples said. “The text gives the student or graduate looking to specialize in geriatrics short, guided questions that would be significant to each specific case. The book leads learners to investigate problems specifically associated with aging adults.”

Geriatric Physical Therapy: A Case-Study Approach is currently available for pre-order from McGraw-Hill and will be available for direct purchase on May 6, 2016.

Staples is the president of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. In that capacity, Staples is also a member of the planning committee for the Academy’s “Exercise and Physical Activity in Aging” conference, which will take place on the UIndy campus in July 2016.

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