Did you know that when the baby boomers start turning 65 in 2011, 10,000 people will turn 65 every day? The fastest growing segment of our population is 85 years and older? Among people turning 65 today, 69 percent will need some form of long-term care, whether in the community or in a residential care facility? There are 16,000 certified nursing homes; 39,500 assisted living facilities; 1,900 continuing care retirement communities and more than 4700 hospice programs in the United States? Working with elders and those in hospice care can be a successful area of practice and a personally rewarding experience. But even massage therapists who feel “called” to do this work struggle with some fears and lack confidence in their ability to successfully reach out to this special population. “I don’t feel I know enough.” “I don’t know the proper techniques.” “I've never worked in this kind of health care system- how do I get started?” “I’m afraid of the emotional toll it might take on me.” In this presentation we will demystify working with frail elders and offer keys to success. Join us and find out how you can expand your practice with confidence and follow your heart!
Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT is an expert in the field of massage in eldercare and hospice and has thirty years of experience as an occupational therapist in long term care and rehabilitation. She founded the Center for Compassionate Touch LLC an organization that offers Compassionate Touch® training, a hands-on complementary approach for those in eldercare, hospice and palliative care. She is a recognized author and contributor to professional publications and educational resources.
Lisa Curran Parenteau
Lisa Curran Parenteau, BA, LMT, is a specialist in marketing and practice development. She serves as marketing consultant for the Center for Compassionate Touch LLC and contributes to curriculum and program development. Lisa also serves the Massage Therapy Foundation as a member of the Community Service Review Committee and the newly formed Marketing Work Group. Prior to becoming a massage therapist she directed sales and marketing in the telecommunications industry. Lisa is a certified Compassionate Touch practitioner and enjoys volunteering for hospice near her home on Cape Cod.