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/images/Icons/chat.gif" alt="Online Chat" align="texttop" onclick="'_blank';" style="border-width:0px;" /><a id="ctl00_Resize_Email_Print_Chat1_lbChat" title="Online Chat" class="ResizePrintEmailSearch" href="javascript:__doPostBack('ctl00$Resize_Email_Print_Chat1$lbChat','')">Online Chat</a></div> On this page you can order marketing materials and informational brochures from the Eldercare Locator to distribute to older adults and caregivers. Additionally, you will find tools that are useful for directing others to the Eldercare Locator, such as: widgets for your website, public service announcements and campaign outreach materials. Public Service Announcements Eldercare Locator Widgets Get these widgets for your website! Standard Small Zip Code Search. Looking Beyond the Stereotypes of Old Age. Massage TodayApril, 2012, Vol. 12, Issue 04 By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR There's a little quip that I've heard in senior communities that goes something like this: "I'm looking for Mrs.

Looking Beyond the Stereotypes of Old Age

B., can you tell me what she looks like? Hospice Massage: Ethical Considerations. Massage TodayNovember, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 11 By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR As a massage therapist, like other health care professionals, you are expected to adopt and uphold standards of practice that serve as "guiding principles" in scope of practice, client relationships, clinical decisions, and business practices.

Hospice Massage: Ethical Considerations

If you choose to work in hospice you enter a complex field of service that exposes you to ethical issues and dilemmas unique to end-of-life care. Of course, the standards of practice for massage therapy apply, but you will also need to be familiar with the ethical principles and guidelines found in hospice care to have a foundation from which to act. Some principles act as guidelines but many are highly individual, steeped in your own personal moral compass, providing a touchstone in situations where you search for the "right thing to do". Dr. Working with patients who have been admitted without a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order. The Role of Massage Therapy in Dementia Care.

Massage TodayApril, 2015, Vol. 15, Issue 04 By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR Our aging population is having a major impact on hospitals, nursing homes and hospice providers.

The Role of Massage Therapy in Dementia Care

Clinicians and front-line staff will serve more people over age 75 than any other age group and prevalence of dementia is being seen in every sector of senior services. About one-quarter of all older hospital patients are people with dementia. People with dementia constitute about half of all nursing home and assisted-living facility residents. MPA Media Apps. Gentle Pressure in Oncology Massage - MASSAGE Magazine. Current Research: Massage + Aging — American Massage Therapy Association. By incorporating massage into a regular healthcare regimen, many older adults find a better quality of life and additional relief from a multitude of health issues.

Current Research: Massage + Aging — American Massage Therapy Association

Aging Population Experiencing Massage AMTA's 18th annual Consumer Survey found that approximately 9 million people over the age of 55 had a total of 39 million massages in the previous 12 months. The primary reason this population received massage was for medical purposes. Chronic Pain Relief Massage therapy has been demonstrated to help treat chronic pain, particularly in joints, such as the shoulder or knee, while also improving stability and posture.

Eldercare & Hospice Facilities. Alzheimer's and Dementia Resources for Professionals. Current Research: Massage + Aging — American Massage Therapy Association. Treating Osteoporosis Pain: Back, Neck, Hip, and Other Bone Pain. Why do I need to register or sign in for WebMD to save?

Treating Osteoporosis Pain: Back, Neck, Hip, and Other Bone Pain

We will provide you with a dropdown of all your saved articles when you are registered and signed in. Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease," because most of the time, bone loss occurs without any symptoms at all. But when osteoporosis becomes severe, it can lead to fractures and a condition called kyphosis. Kyphosis is spinal compression, sometimes described as the "dowager's hump. " Both fractures and kyphosis can be very painful. Fractures and Compression Cause Osteoporosis Pain The most common cause of osteoporosis pain is a spinal compression fracture.

Sudden, severe back pain that gets worse when you are standing or walkingSome pain relief when lying downPain and difficulty in twisting or bendingLoss of heightCurvature of the spine. Causes of Osteoporosis Bone Loss: Asthma, Arthritis, Diabetes, Celiac Disease, Hyperthyroidism, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis. Osteoporosis Massage. Osteoporosis is a progressive disease where bones become gradually weaker and thinner.

Osteoporosis Massage

The weakening and thinning of the bones causes changes in posture and poses an increased risk of fractures. Osteoporosis is sometimes referred to as the “Silent Thief” because the patient would have the disease for a long time before experiencing signs and symptoms. For example, The patient would just “suddenly” fracture their bones just by turning a doorknob. Managing Pain From Osteoporosis With Massage Therapy - Doubling Bodywork’s Effectiveness Against Osteoporosis. Due to their bones’ fragility, many massage therapists are fearful of working on clients with osteoporosis.

Doubling Bodywork’s Effectiveness Against Osteoporosis

As long as the therapist uses a gentle touch, combining two bodywork techniques simultaneously addresses osteoporosis’ origin and its most prominent symptom. Osteoporosis is a pathological condition characterized by weakening of the bones, and approximately 44 million Americans either have it or are at high risk. Osteoporosis and Hyperkyphosis: What Does Calcium Have to Do With It? Originally published in Massage Bodywork magazine, October/November 2006.

Osteoporosis and Hyperkyphosis: What Does Calcium Have to Do With It?

Copyright 2006. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved. To complement this issue's theme on posture, let's discuss a common postural problem among many older Americans: the hyperkyphosis that often accompanies osteoporosis. We in the United States have grown up under the paradigm that dairy products are an important source of calcium. I can't give definitive answers on this topic in this limited space, but I can perhaps shed light on some organizing principles so that massage therapists (and the clients who may ask them for advice) can make informed decisions about how to prevent, slow, or manage this common and painful disorder.

What is Osteoporosis? Bone Construction To understand the process of osteoporosis and how it leads to hyperkyphosis, we need to take a brief look at how healthy bones grow and maintain their mass. How Can We Get Calcium? 64 Interesting Facts about Osteoporosis. Fast Facts About Osteoporosis. Updated January 2011 Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become weak and are more likely to break.

Fast Facts About Osteoporosis

People with osteoporosis most often break bones in the hip, spine, and wrist. Who Gets Osteoporosis? In the United States, more than 40 million people either already have osteoporosis or are at high risk due to low bone mass. Osteoporosis 1. Connecting and Expressing a Language of the Human Heart. Massage TodayOctober, 2014, Vol. 14, Issue 10 By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR There is growing awareness of the value of massage for people living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Anyone caring for someone with dementia is faced with the challenge of guiding the person who is confused or agitated, while at the same time assisting with personal care, mobility and other functional tasks. Touch has the power to enhance physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Research Shows Massage Therapy Lowers Stress and Aggression in Dementia Patients – MASSAGE Magazine.

New Report Details Growth of Alzheimer’s Disease – MASSAGE Magazine. Geriatric Massage: Incidence of Dementia Could Rise with Aging Population – MASSAGE Magazine. Massage and the Alzheimer s Patient. By Dietrich W. Miesler, MA, CMT Originally published in Massage Bodywork magazine, December/January 2000. Copyright 2003. A Touch of Compassion: Massage Therapy and Alzheimer's Disease — American Massage Therapy Association. You believe in the benefits of massage therapy. Chances are you talk to your clients fairly regularly about how massage therapy can help with everything from pain relief to stress relief. With your skills, education and passion, you have the ability to reach a wide variety of people who will benefit from massage therapy. Today, there’s a lot of opportunity out there for you to work with different client populations.

Massage Therapy Benefits Alzheimer’s Patients. Alzheimer’s is a debilitating brain disease that causes memory, thinking and behavioral problems. Amongst its symptoms are “disorientation, mood and behavior changes, deepening confusion about events, unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers, more serious memory loss and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking”.1 In some cases, with these symptoms comes an increase in aggression.

Dementia is the loss of brain functioning typical in Alzheimer’s patients. In a study of elderly patients with dementia, researchers from Hamamatsu University’s School of Medicine provided tactile massage therapy treatments to patients 30 times, for 20 minutes each, over a six-week period. The objective of this study was to observe the changes massage therapy would have (if any) on the physical and mental functioning and symptoms of these patients. Massage May Soothe Alzheimer's Patients. Why do I need to register or sign in for WebMD to save? We will provide you with a dropdown of all your saved articles when you are registered and signed in. WebMD Health News WebMD News Archive Sept. 18, 2000 -- There may be a reliable, natural way to calm agitated Alzheimer's patients: therapeutic massage. Although little scientific data exists to support its use, practitioners claim they've seen remarkable improvements. Massaging Clients with Dementia.

Some of the most rewarding work for massage therapists and bodyworkers is interacting with people afflicted with dementia. What makes it so rewarding is how beneficial it is to the clients. People with dementia are a uniquely underserved population for the bodywork profession. Understanding Alzheimer's Part 1. Understanding Alzheimer's Part 2. Connecting With the Person Who Has Alzheimer's Disease.