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"For years, Ive 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 Touch 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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  • 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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  • Age-Related Changes and Conditions, Part 1

    Age-Related Changes and Conditions, Part 1

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Sunday, June 1, 2008
    Older adults make up a growing clientele for massage therapists. According to the 2006 AMTA consumer survey, the use of massage among older adults has tripled in the past 10 years. Serving clients who are over age 65 requires that you have a basic understanding of age-related changes and the conditions many older adults are living with. While no two older

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  • Serving Elders: Do You Have What It Takes?

    Serving Elders: Do You Have What It Takes?

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Tuesday, April 1, 2008
    Working with elders can be a successful area of practice and a personally rewarding experience. It's no secret that this is a growing scope of practice for massage therapists. More and more long-term care facilities are seeing the value of massage for frail elders, those with dementia and the dying. Massage therapists have increasing opportunities to serve

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  • Creating Sacred Moments Through Compassionate Touch

    Creating Sacred Moments Through Compassionate Touch

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Saturday, March 1, 2008
    "When we touch another with a compassionate heart, it creates a sacred moment." These are the words that filled my awareness several years ago as I was leaving the care facility after having had a particularly poignant Compassionate Touch session with an elder gentleman suffering from advanced Parkinson's disease. I noticed that in that moment, my heart was

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  • A Promising Future Comes From Serving Special Populations

    A Promising Future Comes From Serving Special Populations

    By: Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR    |    Tuesday, January 1, 2008
    I bring good news to those of you wishing to expand your practice to special populations! Massage is finding an accepted place in traditional settings that care for our elders, individuals with life-limiting illness or disability. Many of your peers are discovering opportunities in eldercare facilities, hospice and hospitals: Helen G., LMT, in Portland,

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