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$60 members / $100 non-members     4.0 CE credits

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Discover the therapeutic benefits massage therapy may offer for clients with dementia including Alzheimer’s disease.  Learn the causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms and medical treatments for the various forms of dementia. Explore what you need to know to create safe and effective session plans including the cautions and contraindications.  


When you finish this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the etiology, risk factors, signs and symptoms, possible complications, medical treatments, medications and side effects for Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and frontotemporal dementia (FTLB).
  • Describe Indications, cautions, contraindications and effects of massage for clients with a form of dementia.
  • Create session plans for clients with forms of dementia that outline therapeutic intentions, assessments, modalities and techniques, and guidelines for positioning, draping and other comfort measures.

About the author(s)

Julie Goodwin is a longtime massage therapy educator and an NCBTMB-approved provider. She is the author of Touch & Movement: Palpation and Kinesiology for Massage Therapists and creator of 

Course Expiration

Please note that you must complete each AMTA online learning course and pass the exam one year from the date of purchase. If you do not complete the course and pass the exam within one year, you will be required to re-purchase the course.

Online courses expire one year from the date of purchase. When a course expires, you will no longer have access to the course materials and will be required to re-purchase the course.

Course Approval Codes

LCEU0002659; MS #569


This course contains information that is proprietary. None of the material contained within this course may be used without the express written permission of AMTA unless otherwise indicated in the course. As a reminder, before practicing any new modalities or techniques, check with your state’s massage therapy regulatory authority to ensure they are within the state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy.


Online courses are non-refundable. AMTA will not cover fees incurred from duplicate payments, insufficient funds, stopped payments or credit/debit cards over credit limits.