Congratulations to Lise McCarthy, PT, DPT, GCS, NCG, LPF and Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor in the Program, on her poster presentation at CSM in February!
Dr. McCarthy co-authored a poster entitled “Investigating the Effects of the Otago Program Among Individuals Living with Dementia”, which was presented at the annual American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting in February 2019. Data, from 34 medical records of patients living with MCI or dementia and enrolled in her physical therapy practice, were extracted and retrospectively analyzed. The results suggest that older people living with mild cognitive impairment or dementia can demonstrate improvements in balance and functional mobility in less than two months after the implementation of an Otago-based exercise program.
Dr. McCarthy is a valued member of our Volunteer Faculty. She is the Founding Chair of the Cognitive and Mental Health SIG of the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy. She recently stepped away for that role to accept an invitation to be an editorial board member of GeriNotes. In addition, she completed teaching her 3rd Dementia course elective for the UCSF/SFSU Graduate Program in Physical Therapy. In January, Dr. McCarthy also started an additional private practice as a National Certified Guardian and licensed professional fiduciary. View presentation here.
Thank you for all you do Dr. McCarthy!