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"For years, Iíve witnessed the powerful impact of touch and massage in providing comfort, compassion, and improving the quality of life in hospice care. The quality of training offered by Compassionate Touchģ is exclusively tailored to meet the unique needs of elders and people in hospice and palliative care."

Kathleen Egan-City, President and Executive Director, Millennium Research Institute
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  • Compassion is Really Good Medicine

    Compassion is Really Good Medicine

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Thursday, October 4, 2012
    Some think compassion is an attribute reserved for spiritual leaders. (Think Mother Teresa caring for the poorest of the poor in the streets of Calcutta.) But compassionate presence isnít just reserved for people who travel a moral high ground. Itís something we all can cultivate and draw upon when life calls us to the bedside to care for someone in need.

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  • Caregiving as a Spiritual Gift

    Caregiving as a Spiritual Gift

    By: Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT    |    Thursday, May 3, 2012
    Each of us, at some point, will become a caregiver to a loved one, parent or friend. Many of us can point to this kind of experience as the catalyst to our massage therapy careers. The benefits that come from being a caregiver are many and I've learned that my work caring for my clients is not separate from my spiritual practice ó it is one. I recently

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  • Person-Centered Care: Why It Matters

    Person-Centered Care: Why It Matters

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Friday, April 1, 2011
    We are all either an elder (some of us), someone who cares about an elder (most of us), or someone who will be an elder (practically all of us). According to the American Medical Association, in 2011 America's 78 million baby boomers will begin turning 65 at a rate of one every 10 seconds.Of those, about 69 percent will need some form of long-term care.

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  • Understanding Alzheimer's Part 2

    Understanding Alzheimer's Part 2

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Tuesday, March 1, 2011
    Part one of this article dealt with facts about Alzheimer's disease. As an educator, I believe that facts are a good place to start to understand a topic. Facts give us the big picture about the disease, demographics and guidelines. I've been around people with dementia my entire professional career. I've seen how this disease takes the brain a little at a

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  • Understanding Alzheimer's Part 1

    Understanding Alzheimer's Part 1

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Saturday, January 1, 2011
    You don't have to look too far to find a person with Alzheimer's disease (AD) or someone caring for a family member with this devastating condition. While teaching massage therapists about working with people with Alzheimer's disease, common questions - and misperceptions - emerge. Sound information gives us a foundation from which to act and increases our

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  • Hospice Massage: Ethical Considerations

    Hospice Massage: Ethical Considerations

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Monday, November 1, 2010
    As a massage therapist, like other health care professionals, you are expected to adopt and uphold standards of practice that serve as "guiding principles" in scope of practice, client relationships, clinical decisions, and business practices. If you choose to work in hospice you enter a complex field of service that exposes you to ethical issues and

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  • Take It From Your Peers: You CAN Get Paid to Work in Eldercare and Hospice

    Take It From Your Peers: You CAN Get Paid to Work in Eldercare and Hospice

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Wednesday, September 1, 2010
    My last article focused on keys to opening doors to eldercare and hospice. If you desire to work in these settings, my guess is you have wondered: 1) How do I get my foot in the door? 2) How do I generate a clientele? 3) How can I get paid? All very valid questions! A few months ago, Massage Today conducted a poll asking two questions: "Do you provide

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  • Opening Doors to Eldercare and Hospice

    Opening Doors to Eldercare and Hospice

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Tuesday, June 1, 2010
    It's no secret that the fastest-growing segment of our population is over the age of 65 -- and the greatest increase is occurring in those 85 and above. At the same time, there is growing awareness of the benefits of massage for people who are affected by debilitating illness, injury or cognitive impairment. There is clearly a burgeoning market for massage

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  • Connecting With the Person Who Has Alzheimer's Disease

    Connecting With the Person Who Has Alzheimer's Disease

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Saturday, May 1, 2010
    I remember a woman I'll call Grace whom I visited frequently in a skilled-care facility. She was a lovely 75-year-old woman, and her room was full of paintings she had created over the years as well as memorabilia from her travels around the world. I often would find her walking in the hallway and we would return to her room for our visit. She loved to

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  • Communicating With Stroke Survivors: What Matters Most?

    Communicating With Stroke Survivors: What Matters Most?

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Monday, March 1, 2010
    It is likely that at some point, someone you know - a grandparent, parent, sibling, friend, neighbor or client - will suffer a stroke. It is one leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. I've met literally hundreds of stroke survivors while working as an occupational therapist in rehabilitation programs, and my grandfather suffered a

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