November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, so massage therapists trained in geriatric massage and working with people with dementia may dovetail their community-outreach and marketing efforts with this month created by the Alzheimer’s Association.
As the nation’s baby boomers continue their march toward senior-hood, many massage therapists are seeking specialized education in geriatric massage. Research has shown seniors suffering from dementia, including Alzheimer’s, benefit from skilled touch: Massage reduces agitation in nursing-home residents, improves Alzheimer’s patients’ quality of life and improves elders’ balance and agility.
To learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association and awareness during this month, visit www.alz.org.
• Massage Improves Alzheimer’s Patients’ Quality of Life
• Massage Therapy Reduces Agitation in Nursing-Home Residents
• Therapeutic Touch Eases Agitation in People with Alzheimer’s
• Massage for Elders Could Rise, Along with Life Expectancy
• Essential Oils for Alzheimer’s Patients