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  • The Art of Authentic Listening

    The Art of Authentic Listening

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Friday, January 1, 2010
    For most of my adult life I have interacted with people in later life stages living with debilitating conditions. Things like: brain injury, hip fracture, stroke, hearing loss, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and frailty. Interacting with a person with any of these conditions can be challenging. For example, their speech may be slurred, or they

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  • Tips From the Field: Creating a Supply Kit

    Tips From the Field: Creating a Supply Kit

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Sunday, November 1, 2009
    "What supplies should I take with me?" I've been asked this question a lot over the years by massage therapists anticipating work in eldercare or hospice settings. This situation is far different from having an office space with all your supplies conveniently available. Anyone who has ever offered massage at an offsite location can attest to this while

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  • Massage and Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 2

    Massage and Alzheimer’s Disease, Part 2

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Tuesday, September 1, 2009
    What does the literature say? Mary, an 81-year-old female, has resided in a nursing home for seven months. Her medical history reveals that she has Alzheimer's disease; anxiety (state unspecified); dementia with behavior disorder; insomnia; osteoarthritis; osteoporosis; and recurrent urinary tract infections. She requires a wheelchair because she no longer

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  • Massage and Alzheimer's Disease, Part 1

    Massage and Alzheimer's Disease, Part 1

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Wednesday, July 1, 2009
    What would Maslow say? It has been said that in 25 years, the United States will have two kinds of people: those who have Alzheimer's disease and those who are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease. Dementia is a term meaning loss of memory and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's is the most common

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  • Hospice Massage: What is Our Role at Life's End? Part 2

    Hospice Massage: What is Our Role at Life's End? Part 2

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Wednesday, April 1, 2009
    In part one of this series on hospice massage, I explored how massage eases the many dimensions of pain for the person suffering from a life-limiting illness. The value of massage therapy in pain management is an easy association to make. We feel confident in our role of easing pain and can point to concrete reasons why we know massage is beneficial. But

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  • Hospice Massage: Easing the Pain of a Life-Limiting Illness, Part 1

    Hospice Massage: Easing the Pain of a Life-Limiting Illness, Part 1

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Sunday, March 1, 2009
    A couple of years ago, I had the privilege of spending a few days at a residential hospice in Washington, D.C. called Joseph's House; I was there to conduct a workshop for the staff. While I was there to teach, in the process I learnedso much about dying with dignity. You see, Joseph's House takes in and cares for homeless men and women with terminal

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  • Hand in Hand With Eldercare and Hospice

    Hand in Hand With Eldercare and Hospice

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Thursday, January 1, 2009
    A Symposium to Expand Your Practice and Open Your Heart For the past eight years, I have had the privilege of serving elders in facility care and hospice, as well as teaching others how to provide care through touch and massage. I dedicate this column to assisting anyone desiring a similar path of service and invite you to the 2009 Hand in Hand Symposium

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  • Communicating With Elders Who Have Special Needs

    Communicating With Elders Who Have Special Needs

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Monday, September 1, 2008
    Do you serve older adults in your practice? Regardless of whether you see your elder clients in your office, a long-term care facility or at their home, being able to communicate effectively can increase your confidence and make the experience more enjoyable for both of you. Communication is our way of exchanging information, but more importantly, it's our

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  • Age-Related Changes and Conditions, Part 2

    Age-Related Changes and Conditions, Part 2

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Tuesday, July 1, 2008
    Last month, in part one of this article, we explored the typical changes that occur in physical and mental condition and function as people age. If you serve older adults in your practice, it's important to have a working understanding of signs and symptoms that might point to an underlying disease. Although we certainly aren't in the role of diagnosing any

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  • Care That Goes Hand in Hand

    Care That Goes Hand in Hand

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Sunday, June 1, 2008
    A Symposium on Elder and Hospice Massage Plans are already well under way for the Hand in Hand Symposium 2009, sponsored by the Center for Compassionate Touch and the Cortiva Institute. The symposium is designed to be a forum for the creative exchange of ideas regarding program development, education, vision and shared resources between massage therapists

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