By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Friday, April 1, 2011
We are all either an elder (some of us), someone who cares about an elder (most of us), or someone who will be an elder (practically all of us). According to the American Medical Association, in 2011 America's 78 million baby boomers will begin turning 65 at a rate of one every 10 seconds.Of those, about 69 percent will need some form of long-term care.
By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR | Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Part one of this article dealt with facts about Alzheimer's disease. As an educator, I believe that facts are a good place to start to understand a topic. Facts give us the big picture about the disease, demographics and guidelines. I've been around people with dementia my entire professional career. I've seen how this disease takes the brain a little at a
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