By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Saturday, January 1, 2011
You don't have to look too far to find a person with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or someone caring for a family member with this devastating condition. While teaching massage therapists about working with people with Alzheimer's disease, common questions - and misperceptions - emerge.
Sound information gives us a foundation from which to act and increases our
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Monday, November 1, 2010
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.
If you choose to work in hospice you enter a complex field of service that exposes you to ethical issues and
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Wednesday, September 1, 2010
My last article focused on keys to opening doors to eldercare and hospice. If you desire to work in these settings, my guess is you have wondered: 1) How do I get my foot in the door? 2) How do I generate a clientele? 3) How can I get paid? All very valid questions! A few months ago, Massage Today conducted a poll asking two questions: "Do you provide
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Tuesday, June 1, 2010
It's no secret that the fastest-growing segment of our population is over the age of 65 -- and the greatest increase is occurring in those 85 and above. At the same time, there is growing awareness of the benefits of massage for people who are affected by debilitating illness, injury or cognitive impairment.
There is clearly a burgeoning market for massage
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Saturday, May 1, 2010
I remember a woman I'll call Grace whom I visited frequently in a skilled-care facility. She was a lovely 75-year-old woman, and her room was full of paintings she had created over the years as well as memorabilia from her travels around the world.
I often would find her walking in the hallway and we would return to her room for our visit. She loved to
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Monday, March 1, 2010
It is likely that at some point, someone you know - a grandparent, parent, sibling, friend, neighbor or client - will suffer a stroke. It is one leading cause of long-term disability in the United States.
I've met literally hundreds of stroke survivors while working as an occupational therapist in rehabilitation programs, and my grandfather suffered a
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Friday, January 1, 2010
For most of my adult life I have interacted with people in later life stages living with debilitating conditions. Things like: brain injury, hip fracture, stroke, hearing loss, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and frailty.
Interacting with a person with any of these conditions can be challenging. For example, their speech may be slurred, or they
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Sunday, November 1, 2009
"What supplies should I take with me?" I've been asked this question a lot over the years by massage therapists anticipating work in eldercare or hospice settings. This situation is far different from having an office space with all your supplies conveniently available.
Anyone who has ever offered massage at an offsite location can attest to this while
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Tuesday, September 1, 2009
What does the literature say? Mary, an 81-year-old female, has resided in a nursing home for seven months. Her medical history reveals that she has Alzheimer's disease; anxiety (state unspecified); dementia with behavior disorder; insomnia; osteoarthritis; osteoporosis; and recurrent urinary tract infections. She requires a wheelchair because she no longer
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Wednesday, July 1, 2009
What would Maslow say? It has been said that in 25 years, the United States will have two kinds of people: those who have Alzheimer's disease and those who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. Dementia is a term meaning loss of memory and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's is the most common