Center for Compassionate Touch LLC
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"I gave a hand massage to calm on of our residents who has Alzheimer’s disease who roams. I caught her as she was winding up to 'sundown'. She sat down and let me 'practice for a class I took'. In ten minutes, she was asleep with her head on my shoulder. No medication was needed that night to calm her down. It was so cool!"

Laurie Archer, Nursing Home Administrator Adrian, MO
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2012 LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Exposition

October 21 - 24, 2012


We hope you will join us in Denver for four days of dynamic education sessions, inspiring general sessions, and endless opportunities to re-connect with your peers. Registration will open in late July of 2012. 

Ann Catlin will present:

Focused Touch and Sensitive Massage: An Innovative Person-Centered Bedside Activity

 Session Narrative

This “hands-on” workshop is directed at the therapeutic recreation/ activity professional in long term care settings. Focused touch and sensitive massage has specific applications in facility activity programs. It effectively addresses the psychosocial and sensory needs of elders with advanced physical or cognitive conditions and is a tool to manage challenging behavior in dementia care. This session is designed to empower the therapeutic recreation/ activity staff member with the knowledge, skills and awareness to utilize skilled touch as a therapeutic activity in long term care. Evidence-based findings will be discussed as related to the use of massage in eldercare and it's effect on caregivers.

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