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Geriatric Precautions

1 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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Fully Online Materials and Test

Contents: 4 original online articles; plus online multiple-choice test



Discover ways to support your elderly clients. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide information on:

  • Eight common medical issues with geriatric clients and their massage implications.
  • Six less invasive, yet effective modalities for frail elders as well as 5 precautions for these clients.
  • Identifying the early states of a stroke.
  • Three complementary therapies for stroke rehabilitation.

In the Geriatric Precautions program we've combined four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These four articles include:

  • Geriatric Massage - Part I - There are currently more than 35 million Americans over the age of 65, and geriatric massage is one of the fastest growing specialties in the area of massage therapy. Discover eight specific medical issues you may encounter with this population – including skin ulcers, impaired hearing and chronic conditions – and how these issues may impact your massage sessions. In this exclusive 2-part article, you'll also learn how you can help ease the aches and pains of our aging population.
  • Geriatric Massage - Part II: Modalities for Frail Elders - Discover six techniques that can safely be used on those who are experiencing the discomforts of aging, and find out five special precautions and contraindications to be aware of regarding this growing population.
  • Would You Know if Your Client is About to Stroke? - Since there are no guarantees that a client won't have a stroke while in your care, make sure you can quickly identify the earliest stages of a stroke.
  • Stroke Rehabilitation: 3 Complementary Therapies - Learn how bodywork can play a valuable role in helping to prevent stroke in those who are most vulnerable, and help victims recover with dignity. Of the five million stroke survivors in the United States, more than three million have some resulting disability or degree of impairment. Discover three complementary therapies that have been shown to help in stroke recovery and rehabilitation.

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

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I really enjoyed this course and learned a great deal! Thank you!

A. Tompkins, LMT

Excellent, great information.

M. Smythe, LMT

Informative and a great review of the important facts related to working with the geriatric population.

Georgina Martinez, LMT

Very helpful in my practice with senior massage.

Donna Lozon, LMT

Great class!!!!

Suzanne Sammut, CMT, NCTMB

I liked the way the information was specifically geared toward massage therapy. The complex information was presented in a way that was logical and easy to understand. The information on identifying a stroke was extremely valuable. I have had that experience and did exactly what the program had said to do. It helps everyone to be prepared.

Teresa Larsen, RMT

Informative, to the point Easy to understand and the content and retain As asset; a definite plus

Gayle Johnson, LMT

I found this course particularly helpful in that I am contemplating a move to a more specialized field of massage. Geriatrics and hospice care are two areas I am most interested in at this point. This course was helpful.

Martha Smythe, LMT

Excellent, great information

Renee Wiggins, LMT

Excellent course!

Darren Carpenter, LMBT

I was glad this was an available course. Just today I worked on a geriatric woman who had a whole mess of issues and was on blood thinners and blood pressure medications. The massage was only a half hour and I am glad it was only that after reading how it may have caused her some issues had it been longer. Thank you!

Kimberly DePrez, LMT

Thank you for having CEU courses on the elderly,frail and cancer patients!

Rosemary Chaudoir, LMT, NCTMB

A great refresher course of guidelines for working with the elderly.

Stacy Sumpman, CMT

This is an important topic for the massage community. I appreciate the compilation of information presented here. It spurs me on to further explore geriatric massage.

Anna Selman, LMT

Very important info!

Leslie Luxenberg, CMT

Great class.

John Koran, LMT, NCTMB

This course was very specific and matter of fact.

Kenneth Schellhammer, LMT

Great Information!

Martha Milian, LMT

I really appreciated the section on strokes.

Bo Roberts, CMT

Great Class. I love how easy it was to follow.

Jaime Ehmer, LMT, NCTMB

Nice generalized article on Geriatric clients. The stroke articles were very good. Important symptoms to keep in mind for any age.

Lori Van Barriger, LMT

Clear and to the point!

Louise Landowski, NCTMB

Interesting reading and facts.

Patricia Sequra, LMT, NCTMB

Enjoyed the course and the information it provided. Very useful for many walks of life and not just the elderly as stroke can happen to even the younger generations. knowing the signs.....vital to the outcome of a stroke client. Time equals tissue and damage done.

Stephanie Cook , LMT

This course was very informative. I highly recommend this course to massage therapists working with older adults.

June Luff, CMT, NCTMB

I appreciate the references at the end of the article so that someone taking the course could do additional reading if desired. Thank you.

Cynthia Gillan, LMT, NCTMB

GREAT information to enhance my practice!

Carmita Virnoche, LMT, NCTMB

This course really helped me to understand the fragility of the elder population. I think I would like to get more education in this field. More hands on.

Stephanie Schroeder, LMT, LMP

Good course, and it seemed to leave out some physical conditions that may be presented by the elderly. For it's length, it did cover the most important conditions and issues

Melanie Hendrix, LMBT

Loved the material! It was very informative for someone who often works on geriatric clients.

Quinetta LaShay Avery, LMBT

Very interesting material. I think this is such a needed field in massage therapy. The information was very helpful. Thanks.

Nancy A. Nelson, CMT, BCTMB

Very informative and helpful

Theron Clarke, LMT

This seemed to focus mostly on stroke, but I learned a lot and it was useful to my practice.

Lila Kingfisher, LMT

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify the clients classified as geriatric as well as their common pathologies and the impact on the healthcare system.
  • Explain the various techniques appropriate for use in the geriatric population as well as common precautions to be observed when working on seniors.
  • Identify the most common categories of cerebrovascular accidents (stroke), list the most common risks and identify the symptoms in someone experiencing a stroke.
  • Identify the causes of stroke and explain the potential efficacy of slow-stroke massage and three complementary therapies, as well as the importance of documentation (SOAP notes) regarding clients with this pathology.
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