APTA Geriatrics State Advocates work at the local level to advocate for older adults. Some responsibilities of an advocate are:

  • Provide two-way communication between APTA Geriatrics and the state chapter.
  • Communicate with APTA Geriatrics members in your state when there are geriatric-related issues, courses, meetings, etc. in your state.
  • Hold at least two activities each year to promote optimal ageing, increased awareness and knowledge of PT for ageing adults in your state.
  • Be creative! Come up with other ideas to promote PT for the older adult and healthy ageing in your state!

Want to contact your State Advocate? Click on a state

HOW TO VOLUNTEER to be a State Advocate or Co-Advocate:

State Advocates Needed:

Current List of States with State Advocate or Co-State Advocate Openings:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • DC
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Washington

How To Volunteer:

If your state doesn't have a state advocate and you would like to volunteer to be one or want to know more about the program, please go to APTA Engage . More details are available online including the State Advocate job description. If you would like additional details about being a State Advocate, please contact Beth Black (West Region Coordinator), Beth Castellini (Mid Region Coordinator) or Aliya Decates (East Region Coordinator)

West Region Coordinator
Beth Black

West Region Coordinator
Beth Black

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Mid Region Coordinator
Beth Castellini

Mid Region Coordinator
Beth Castellini

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin

East Region Coordinator
Aliya Decates

East Region Coordinator
Aliya Decates

Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, DC

West Region Coordinator
Beth Black

West Region Coordinator
Beth Black

Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Mid Region Coordinator
Beth Castellini

Mid Region Coordinator
Beth Castellini

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin

East Region Coordinator
Aliya Decates

East Region Coordinator
Aliya Decates

Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, DC

State Advocate Upcoming Quarterly Meetings:

Wed. August 10th, 2022 (8pm ET)

Tues. November 1st, 2022 (8pm ET)