Awards, Grants & Bursaries

Seniors’ Health Division Student Award

This award will be offered to a physiotherapy student enrolled in the last year of a Canadian entry-level program, who has demonstrated a special interest in physiotherapy for older adults. The goals of this award are to encourage the pursuit of a career in seniors’ physiotherapy care, to provide recognition to students who demonstrate commitment to older adult health care, and to encourage membership and participation in the Seniors' Health Division. One award of $250.00 is available each year, and includes a one-year membership to the Seniors’ Health Division in the year following graduation.

Student Award Guidelines
Student Award Application
Student Award Referee Information

Past recipients:

  • 2013: Jesse Robson, Dalhousie University
  • 2012: Stacey Mann, University of Saskatchewan
  • 2011: Sarah Rapko, University of Manitoba

Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada Seniors' Health Division Research Grant in Older Adult Health

Our 2014 grant was awarded to Susan Hunter of the University of Western Ontario, for her project entitled:

Attentional demands of ambulation with a mobility aid in straight and curved-path walking conditions in cognitively impaired older adults

Our 2013 grant was awarded to Cathy Arnold, Joel Lanovaz, Jon Farthing, Steven Robinovitch, Lauren Latimer, Stephanie Madill and Soo Kim of the University of Saskatchewan for the following project:

Age Differences in Biomechanics and Muscle Activity during Controlled and Unexpected Descents Simulating A Fall on the Outstretched Hand (FOOSH)

Falls are the leading cause of injury hospitalization in older adults, and burden appreciably our healthcare system. One of the most common falls reported is a forward fall on the outstretched hand (FOOSH), typically due to tripping when walking. Women are far more likely to experience this type of fall than men. The injuries can be serious, including broken bones, brain injury, or other trauma. Controlling the body's descent on outstretched hands may be more difficult for older women, but the reasons why are unknown. The purpose of this project is to investigate the factors associated with successful landing and body control during FOOSH in younger and older women. About 40 women, half over the age of 65 and half 18-30 years, will safely simulate fall-like conditions, some controlled and others unexpected and more sudden. Arm strength, reaction time, contact force, ability to absorb the energy of the fall, and muscle activation will be recorded digitally and on video. This study is the first of its kind to determine fall-related differences between older and younger women in order to profile and develop successful strategies to prevent serious FOOSH related injury.