The Silver Tsunami: Geriatric Training-Preparing for the Baby Boomer Generation

Employment and Jobs

In this economy, healthcare is still a strong segment for employment.

There are 2 aspects of a “recession proof” job:

  1. The more local and applied an application the better-it cannot be “outsourced.”
  2. The more specialized, the better

In this context, I’d like to discuss CranioSacral Therapy and Geriatrics as a long-term employment opportunity.

The Opportunity

Demographics: There are now over 80 million “baby boomers” about to retire. As one of them, I will tell you no one wants to age or “retire” the way our parents or grandparents did. That translates into a greater emphasis on well-being, preventative health and what I like to call “reversal of the aging process,” which is part of the impetus on creating the CranioSacral Therapy Geriatrics 2 and 4-day classes and programs.

Having said that, there are health issues that need to be addressed..

Over 60 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. (note: officially speaking, this is called primary degenerative dementia or Alzheimer’s as a type of senile dementia). According to CNN, Alzheimer’s could become “the defining disease of the baby boomer generation.” According to President Reagan’s former Alzheimer’s doctor “If this is not dealt with, this will cripple the healthcare system.”

Alternative Approach

BodyEnergy Company, over the past 5 years, has helped pioneer research into the application of a simple CranioSacral Still Point to individuals with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. This simple 5-10 minute application has demonstrated clinical and statistical significance in the management of agitation for these patients.

Furthermore, we believe application of CST on a regular basis may prevent, slow or stop the progression of the disease, or possibly even reverse the effects of this disease.

There are no other known modalities that have shown this potential.

Imagine if Alzheimer’s could be prevented, held in suspension, or even reversed?

Do you think there might be a demand for a product or service that could do this?

Body Energy in conjunction with our associates at the University of Iowa are looking into a larger study (the first pilot study took 4 years to conceive, conduct and publish) to push further in the this new area of alternative research.

Training Opportunity and Specialization

Beginning-level CranioSacral Therapy and Geriatrics (CSG2) is a 2-day class training laypersons, caregivers and other interested parties in the application of a simple technique to apply to friends, parents and relatives. At the same time, they receive the background to appreciate how and why these techniques work so well. With this information, they can choose to specialize in this form of treatment and/or add this to the Geriatrics treatment modalities they already practice.

National Treatment Network

In addition to all of the above, practitioners who are graduates of this class become eligible to join a national treatment and referral network for the following areas:

  • Homecare
  • Independent Living
  • Specialized in-house assisted living
  • As an adjunct to “in-home employment opportunity”

We welcome you to become part of a resource to assist the existing eldercare healthcare network and become part of a growingly compassionate, alternate, and preventative approach to the aging process.

CranioSacral and Geriatric Training Course

If you’re a son or a daughter, layperson or caregiver/therapist working with the Geriatric population, you’ll want to read about this:

Michael Morgan LMT, CST-D is an Upledger Institute Instructor and practioner of CranioSacral Therapy (CST) for over 20 years.

For the past 5 years, his BodyEnergy Company has pioneered the application of CST to Geriatrics and was instrumental in organizing research culminating in a published study called CranioSacral Stillpoint Technique:
Exploring its effects in individuals with Dementia(American Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 2008)

Out of this study on individuals with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Michael has just created a new class:
Craniosacral Therapy and Geriatrics-a 2 day class. This class is designed to help prevent, slow the progression, and even reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

We invite you to participate in this ground breaking class-and with this letter receive a $50 ‘early registration’ discount, and become part of growing national network of therapists and caregivers specifically trained to assist the Geriatric population.

If you are new to CST, this is a wonderful introduction to the work that can be applied to a variety of situations.

If you are an advanced practioner, this is a great opportunity to begin to specialize to an every growing Geriatric population, building on your CST skills.

In your area, our training will be held at the Heart Touch organization in Santa Monica September 21-22nd (Wednesday-Thursday), 9am-5pm.

Go to http://bodyenergy.net/classes/workshops to find out more and register for the class.

(for more information, read below)

It is estimated that currently there are over 6 million people world wide suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and a recent CNN piece cited Alzheimer’s as the ‘defining disease of the baby boomer generation.’

Anyone who has had a friend or family member who has been touched by this condition knows the consequences. There are currently no known cures, although various medications (a potential $6 billion industry) claim to manage or delay the symptoms.

Many of us have felt fear, concern, anxiety and worry when even thinking about this condition.

Left untreated, as Dementia and Alzheimer’s advances through progressive stages, a shorter and unconscious lifespan is almost certainly the outcome.

However, using our ability to ‘listen to the body’ as CST accomplishes in a profound way, offers hope and encouragement in approaching this condition.

Through the pioneering efforts of Dr. John Upldeger and the cranial techniques he has developed over 40 years, an alternative approach, applied to an ageing population, offers a new and exciting application to this situation.

Imagine if Alzheimer’s and Dementia could be prevented as a consequence of the Ageing process? Imagine if the progression of the disease could be halted? Imagine if the effects of the disease could be partially or fully reversed?

Of course, further research (a $500,000 proposed study with NIH is following our initial pilot study) will bear out our conjectures over time. But at the moment, several easily learned CST techniques contained within the CSG2 class are available to be learned, applied and practiced, right away-time tested techniques that, based on our initial research-lower anxiety, improve memory, and improve social interaction between patients, family and caregivers.

Again, we invite you to go to http://bodyenergy.net/classes/workshops and sign up for the September class!

Geriatrics

Geriatrics

GERIATRICS For the past several years BodyEnergy Company, in conjunction with a team of researchers at the University of Iowa and local CranioSacral practioners, has been pioneering a study to see how administrating the CranioSacral Stillpoint technique can perhaps...

Sleeping Pill Exit Strategy

The term comes from a recent CNN piece on women and health.

Here are some statistics:

80 million Americans suffer from some form of insomnia or sleeplessness.

60% of American women suffer from some form of sleeplessness, which would suggest this first 80 million figure might be a bit low.

The CNN contributors seemed to suggest that many women use sleeping aids of some kind. Using these aids for the long term may cause dependency and ultimately cause unwanted problems.

What causes insomnia?

In a word, stress. Our reticular activitating system (RAS) in the brain can get overstimulated due to continuously high demand periods and ongoing emergencies. Like a switch that gets stuck in the ‘on’ position, this continuously high demand flight or flight part of our brain continues to be stimulated 24/7, making if difficult to transition to a restful, recuperative sleep which helps repair the stress and strain of the day.

Sleeping pills and the like may work for a while, but typically their effect is lessened over time, not to mention other side effects they may introduce. As a bonus, this ongoing overstimulation of our nervous system may lead to or encourage the creation of long-term inflammatory processes which may hasten the aging process. Take a look at my blogs on my Geriatric classes and Anti Aging suggestions for more input on this.

A solution:

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) creates balance in our autonomic nervous system, bringing more balance and synergy between our sympathetic (more active) nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system. A regular addition and application of CranioSacral Therapy can help retrain and ‘reset’ our reticular activitating system and turn off the stress switch which interferes with the normal sleep cycle, and lessen our dependence on sleeping pills and other artificial aids.

Hence, a Sleeping Pill Exit Strategy.

How to Stay Young Part 1

There are certainly a number of ways to look at the aging process, and after teaching a number of my new Geriatrics classes I wanted to pass along some thoughts about ‘how to stay young.’

To put a positive spin on things, there have been a number of resources I’ve come across over time that contribute to a ‘reversal of the aging process’ that I want to share. Please feel to use these for your own growth, development, and education:

1. CranioSacral Therapy

We all encounter the bumps and bruises of life as time goes on. CranioSacral Therapy is a good way to reduce old stresses and strains in the body and gain ground against the aging process. See the BodyEnergy website for more information.

2. 3-Day Mini Intensive Program

As part of the comment above, Body Energy’s 3 day ‘mini intensive program is a great way to get from 2-6 hours of intensive therapy to dissolve old and significant traumas to the body. These intensives have become part of my ‘anti aging secret’ as we go through our 50’s, 60’s, and beyond. See the BodyEnergy site for information on our 3 day mini intensive program.

3. CranioSacral Therapy and Geriatrics

Designed to teach some simple techniques for the caring of our parents and friends, this 2-day course is a great way to give back to those who have given so much to us. See the BodyEnergy site for more information on this class.

4. Transcendental Meditation Program

Studies have shown that long-term practitioners of Transcendental Meditation have a biological age which is 20 years younger than their chronological age. In fact, it is the Transcendental Meditation movement which coined the term ‘reversal of the aging process.’ Transcendental Meditation addresses stress, insomnia, high blood pressure, and a variety of the dysfunctions of the aging process. Besides CranioSacral Therapy, Transcendental Meditation is the best healing modality I have come across in my life. Email TMinfo@TMChicago.org for more information.

6. Maharishi Ayurveda

This ancient science provides an excellent way to release deep toxins that may have accumulated in the body. Along with our 3-day mini intensive program, I recommend the Ayurvedic Panchakarma program to optimize health and reverse the effects of the aging process. For more information visit the Raj website.

7. Supplements

Supplements are highly recommended by Dr. Upledger for a variety of disease processes and the prevention of dementia and Alzheimer’s. These supplements would include antioxidants such as CoQ10 and resveratrol, alpha-lipoic acid, and Vitamin C & E.

8. Nutritional Components

One of the factors we have identified in our Geriatric class is the influence of long-term inflammatory processes in the body in regard to the symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Two great resources to look at:

Leo Galland MD, (comments on anti inflammatory foods) – www.bottomlinesecrets.com

Weston A Price, a pioneer in healthy nutrition – www.westonaprice.org

More resources and information will follow in the next blog post.