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  • Why Touch Matters in Nursing Homes Today: Ten Things you Should Know

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Why Touch Matters in Nursing Homes Today: Ten Things you Should Know Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT I’ve met hundreds of people living in nursing homes while working in long term care for more than twenty five years. It’s because of these experiences that I can share some observations and reflections about why touch matters to frail elders; their

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  • Massage and Alzheimer's: What would Maslow Say?

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    As a licensed massage therapist and Compassionate Touch® Practitioner, I have witnessed the transformation that can occur when intentional touch is offered, enhancing quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. For example: The woman, withdrawn and thought to be non-verbal, who looked me in the eye and said “thank

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  • Learning to Pay Attention to the Quality of Touch

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Thursday, January 9, 2014
    I once received a massage that stands out in my memory. The space was beautiful and inviting. The therapist was attentive as we visited prior to the session. It had been a while since I’d gotten a massage so I was really looking forward to this time to let go and renew. I was happy to relax on the warm table a few minutes waiting for the session to

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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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