The Baby Boomer Generation (roughly those born between 1946 and 1964), according to the Atlantic, “began when the Greatest Generation (adults of the WWII generation) got home and started having sex with everyone; it ended when having sex with everyone was made easier with The Pill.”
The Baby Boomers are aging, and contributing to 10,000 people turning 65 every day — and more than 70 million of them will be turning 60 over the course of the next several years. They are a more health conscious generation than those making up the senior generations that came before them and are on a steady search for health and wellness as they age.
But while most Baby Boomers are aging better than ever before, according to research more than 28 million of them will develop Alzheimer’s, and many will end up in Memory Care/Alzheimer’s wards. While these assisted living/dementia wards care for the physical needs of their residents who are struck with this debilitating disease, the emotional and physical relief and stimulation offered by massage are desperately needed…and just beginning to take hold. Is this a specialty you should be looking into?
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“Geriatric Massage has different effects on people, depending on the intent with which it’s performed and received. People who are aging, ill or approaching death tolerate and respond to touch differently than healthy clients. Therefore, geriatric massage sessions require skills and knowledge that exceed basic massage therapy curricula. In addition to anatomy and physiology, you should understand pharmacology, end-stage disease pathology, death related issues and the hospice system. As work with senior and geriatric population evolves, consider attaining advanced geriatric massage training through continuing education.”