The purpose of the CMHSIG shall be to provide a forum and preferred channel for sharing information and resources, and promoting professional networking and advocacy efforts related to cognitive and mental health issues and behaviors in the area of geriatric physical therapy.

 The CMHSIG will foster the creation and collaboration of relationships among individuals with a common interest in physical therapy for older adults with cognitive and mental health issues and behaviors in order to advance the knowledge and skills of geriatric physical therapy practice. There are many opportunities for participation, so please consider getting involved! To participate or learn more about current SIG activities and projects, contact the SIG chair.

SIG LEADERSHIP

  • CHAIR: Alexandra Alexander, PT, DPT
  • VICE CHAIR: Christy Ross, PT, DPT
  • SECRETARY: Sarah Cooper, PT, DPT
  • NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Michele Stanley (Chair)
    Rashelle Hoffman, PT, DPT, PhD
  • ACADEMIC LIAISONS: Missy Criss, PT; Nicole Dawson, PT; Evan Prost, PT*; Ashleigh Trapuzzano, Student DPT; Barbara Billek-Sawhney, PT
  • CLINICAL LIAISONS: Jen Nash, PT; Julie Hardy, PT; Jean Miles, PT*; Cindi Cathey, PTA; Elizabeth Coons, PTA; Marian Over, PT
  • DAA LIAISONS: Jan Bays
  • INTERSECTION LIAISONS: Mary Fisher, Betsy Ross
  • PUBLIC LIAISONS: Marissa Cruz, Jackie Madsen, Mary Ann Wharton, Laura White
  • RESEARCH LIAISONS: Margaret Danilovich, Jennifer Howanitz, Anu Kalpathi, Sue Wenker

CMH SIG News

CMH SIG Fact Sheet: Delirium

February 1, 2022

Download this resource Fact Sheet Here:  Delirium

CMH SIG Events

04 May

CMH SIG Meeting

7:30 pm -
Central Time
24 Aug

CMHSIG Quarterly Meeting

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMoc-qgrjgtHtCYNSaQUoAjZ8l2YGxspV80

CMH SIG Newsletters

CMH SIG MINUTES

Cognitive & Mental Health SIG Member Resources

WELCOME MESSAGE

Dear New/existing CMHSIG Member(s):

Welcome to the APTA Geriatrics Cognitive and Mental Health Special Interest Group (CMHSIG)! The purpose of the CMHSIG is to provide a forum through which individuals having a common interest in older adults with dementia and other cognitive-based conditions and mental health issues can learn from each other.

I am extremely excited to take the lead over the CMHSIG and amp up the excitement about cognitive and mental health. I think following COVID-19, all of us, including our patients and caregivers need to focus on cognitive and mental health as it has taken a toll on everyone personally or professionally. I think with the changes in healthcare due to COVID-19 and changes in the way our society operates, cognitive and mental health needs to be put at the forefront and focused on especially with our geriatric population. You can think of it as a call to action on behalf of our patients!

My goal is to rejuvenate this SIG and place a fresh perspective on the direction this SIG is to go. I would like to recruit more members into the SIG, allow members place to share ideas amongst each other and encourage volunteerism.

If you are interested in volunteering in this SIG whether it be for a task force or helping with journal club, etc. please let me know. If you do decide to volunteer, you will be met with a great amount of support and opportunities for growth professionally.

I have an open-door policy. Please email me at alexpiersanti52209@gmail.com with any questions and/or concerns you have or any ideas for projects/activities. This is a SIG for everyone, so feedback is greatly appreciated!

I look forward to your participation in the CMHSIG!

Sincerely,

Alex Alexander, PT, DPT, GCS
CMH SIG Chair


Research Resources from CMH

Thank you for visiting the research portion of the CMH SIG website!

As the research liaisons, one of our goals is to meet the needs of the members by providing research that would be of interest to you. Please send suggestions regarding topics of interest to the SIG listserv and we will be happy to search for and hopefully find literature about that topic.

Here are some articles that we find interesting and helpful in our understanding of clinical practice in the area of Cognitive and Mental Health.

May 2016 Cognitive and Mental Health Recent Research

SIG Links of Interest