Linda Mac Dougall has been working in the aging space and within disabled communities for most of her career. Her expertise and education credentials have landed her on boards and with a client base who appreciates her holistic approach to managing the health stresses of aging. She shares her expertise with aging care professionals and family caregivers as well as seniors in her new book, The Spirit Method of Massage for Seniors – Raising the Bar. She talked with Mary Kurek, Frontrunners Innovate Producer and Host, and co-host, Lin Schulze, Community Relations Director of Ridgecare (Senior Living Facilities-Carteret Landing, Morehead City, NC) about her work and the new book.
Meet Linda Mac Dougall
Linda Mac Dougall’s Bio:
Linda is a holistic health practitioner, author, speaker, trainer/educator, and massage therapist specializing in seniors and the disabled. She brings decades of experience working with our developmentally disabled and mentally ill to now serving an aging population. These groups share similar issues.
Linda is a baby boomer herself. Insights have been gained from personal health issues and working with her clients. She has used methods found to help herself and help others. Observing and assessing attitudes, environments, and special needs is key in her work.
As a massage therapy specialist, she can feel and see much of the body and bring attention to such things as suspicious moles, lumps, and the like. Massage therapists are one of the last professions to actually take the time to observe the skin, feet, posture, contractures, imbalances, and more that are often overlooked. She educates on canes, walkers, crutches, and wheelchairs so that we can prevent the preventable damage done to senior health every day.
Her M.A. in Counseling Psychology increases the understanding of various challenges faced by maturing adults. Linda’s unique vantage point comes from her experiences. She worked her way up from direct care worker to becoming an administrator of two group homes.
Then came her time as a federal advocate for Hawaii’s developmentally disabled, where both she and Hawaii gained knowledge that served her clients even after she left. Other experiences included time being a mental health worker, teacher, and teacher’s aid at a state hospital.
Linda has partnered with Massage Inc., a rapidly expanding massage company, where her book will become mandatory reading for their therapists in 2022 and beyond. The Parkinson’s Resource Organization (PRO) has also called on her skills and expertise to educate its membership in 2022. She writes for iPain magazine and PRO. The National Holistic Institute, the largest and oldest chain of massage schools in California, has used her on Zoom training and promoted her book to their students.
Linda has been on many podcasts and some radio shows and has released several press releases in 2021. Some of the podcasts are on her website, www.loveyourlongevity.com, under the media tab. Recommendations for her book, “The SPIRIT Method of Massage for Seniors…Raising the Bar…A Primer for Massage Therapists and Caregivers,” is on Amazon and on her website where they are expanded on with the credentials of the reviewers.
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Special Thanks to Co-Host Lin Schulze, Community Relations Director, Ridgecare (Senior Living Facilities located at Carteret Landing, Morehead City, NC). Lin also serves as President of the Friends of Aging nonprofit for Carteret County, NC.
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