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BF SIG    June 29, 2022

Hi, I’m Pooja Mehta, I have been a Physical Therapist in India since 2007 and in the USA since 2010. I have worked in Outpatient, SNF, and home care settings and am a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy (GCS) as well as a Certified Exercise Expert for Older Adults (CEEAA). I am also a current task force member on the BF SIG Neuro Toolkit. In 2006, I attended a lecture by a physician in India who quoted, “A physician gives a year to the patient’s life; but a therapist gives life to that year. “ This quote has never left me and it continues to impact the work I do today. Over the years I have come to understand patient and older adult care in a much better way than I did in my early clinical years. I have seen older adults thrive on challenges in balance, strength, and endurance. Accomplishing their goals, performing an activity they couldn’t perform or had difficulty performing increases their self-esteem and gives them a sense of self-worth and validation. Therapists must manage their patients as a whole; identifying problems which may be out of their scope of practice, providing necessary referrals and recommendations to other experts and hence provide optimal care. Caring with our head, heart, and hands we bring our best forward to the patient and profession.

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