What is it about skilled touch that decreases distress for those living with dementia that can lead to behavioral symptoms?
It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. But maybe words are worth our attention, too. Consider Philip Pullman’s comment, “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” Stories connect us. They help define who we are. Stories make us care. Turns out science is helping to explain why stories have the power to change our brains.
I watched a short presentation by Dr. Abraham Verghese where he describes the difference human touch makes in the doctor-patient relationship. He discusses today’s health care delivery system where so many things are computerized that it has even further removed doctors from their patients.
Why intention is so important to touch. I’ve found that when I take care of the quality of my touch at the beginning of a session that I’m more fulfilled by the experience. What's the quality of your touch? How might you enhance it?
There are some things in life that so nourish our soul that they should become non-negotiable. As someone whose career is taking care of others that's a commitment to my own wellness. Massage therapists, nurses, social workers, family caregivers, chaplains, you name it—we’re all in the same boat when it comes to self-care. How we each “do” self-care is a personal choice. For me, it’s Winfield!What the heck is Winfield and what does it have to do with the theme of my blog?