Alzheimer’s Disease

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One of the most fascinating nervous pathologies in my opinion is Alzheimer’s disease. I first learned how it manifested itself about 20 years ago when my grandpa acquired the disease. It showed its first symptoms when he got lost driving and ended up almost in another part of the state. It is characterized by confusion, memory failure, disorientation, restlessness, delusions, speech disturbances, and an inability to execute purposeful movements. Alzheimer’s typically begins in later middle life with slight defects in memory and behavior, then eventually progresses. A full body massage will help relax and soothe the client. The length of the massage should normally not exceed an hour and a half. As the disease progresses, the purpose of the massage should essentially be to prevent joint stiffening and muscle contractors, as well as to maintain mobility.

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