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Ann Catlin, Director, Center for Compassionate Touch, LLC
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  • The Rewards of Working with Dementia Patients

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Thursday, August 1, 2013
    I’m a brain/behavior geek from way back. In college in the 70’s as an occupational therapy student, I added a semester just to take more psychology classes. An internship was spent living and working at a large state mental hospital in Wisconsin. Loved it! My first jobs were in acute psychiatric units. Loved that, too. There were ten years

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  • Help in Understanding Parkinson's, Part 2

    Help in Understanding Parkinson's, Part 2

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Sunday, June 30, 2013
    In my last article, I presented an understanding of Parkinson’s disease (PD), its symptoms and current medical treatment. Now we’ll take a look at how massage and other bodywork may play an important role in managing symptoms and offering those with PD a better quality of life. I’d like to challenge you to ponder what it means for a person

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  • Understanding Parkinsonís Disease

    Understanding Parkinsonís Disease

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Thursday, April 4, 2013
    More people over 60 are turning to massage therapy for self-care and to help ease symptoms associated with chronic ailments. If you have clientele in this age group it’s possible that you will eventually have a client who is living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). It’s estimated that at least 500,000 people are diagnosed in the United

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  • Compassionate Touch presented at Leading Age Annual Convention in Denver, CO

    By: A. Catlin    |    Wednesday, October 24, 2012
    Ann Catlin presented a session entitled Sensitive Massage: A Meaninful Bedside Activity. In attendance were eldercare professionals from several states. The session was a "mini workshop" where attendees gained awareness of the importance of human touch in caregiving as well as techniques they can implement immediately in their facilities. "It was an honor

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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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  • Brandywine Senior Living at Moorestown NJ to host Compassionate Touch training in New Jersey!

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Wednesday, October 3, 2012
    Located in the beautiful community of Moorestown, NJ, Brandywine Senior Living has joined us as our newest training site. Brandywine is a very attractive continuing care retirement community that offers independent, assisted and skilled care as well as specialized dementia care. We will hold our Level 1 Workshop; Level 2 Practitioner Training and the

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  • Eight new Compassionate Touch Practitioners complete certification.

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Wednesday, September 26, 2012
    Eight licensed massage therapists from seven states completed the Compassionate Touch Certified Practitioner Training in Springfield, MO last week. Congratulations to: Karen Binney, Charlottesville, VA Peter Eichler, Phoenix, AR Ginger Peer, Gloucester, VA Jane Stoneking, Moscow Mills, MO Mariellyn Rollins, Cedarburg, WI Shannon Verdegan, Greenfield, WI

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  • Massage therapy latest service provided by Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care

    By: STEVE EIGHINGER    |    Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care has added massage therapy as one of its end-of-life care services.


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  • CE Credit for Activity Professionals

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Tuesday, July 10, 2012
    Activity Professionals can now earn 20 hours of CE credit for Level 1 Workshops! The Center for Compassionate Touch LLC is now an approved provider for the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals. Compassionate Touch has specific applications in long term care activity programs, supporting person-centered care efforts. Compassionate Touch

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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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