Massage and Alzheimer’s Disease
Before you consider massaging people with Alzheimer’s disease, you first have to learn enough about the disease to develop an understanding of the emotional problems you will face.
The best source of information is the relatively recent second edition of the Merck Manual of Geriatrics. It is written for physicians, mostly likely internists and general practitioners, some from foreign countries, in an effort to help those colleagues to somehow alleviate the tremendous nationwide dearth of geriatricians by presenting them with this fabulous textbook. I believe this is what makes the book so thorough, so lucid and so understandable, even for us lay-people.
This manual is a godsend for those of us fascinated by the tremendous variances you find among age cohorts, because it is true that there are typical 20-year-olds, but no typical 75-year-olds. Members of the latter group go all the way from mountaineer and long distance runner, to writer and piano virtuoso, to the helpless wheelchair occupant stuck in the hall of a nursing home. To read more, click here!