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"For years, I’ve 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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  • When Life Calls You to the Bedside: Developing Compassionate Presence

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    When Life Calls You to the Bedside: Developing Compassionate Presence Ann Catlin OTR, LMT 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 isn’t just reserved for people who travel a moral high ground. It’s

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  • Caregiving as a Spiritual Gift

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Caregiving as a Spiritual Gift Ann Catlin I once had the privilege of presenting at the National Association of Health Care Assistants annual convention. More than four hundred nurse assistants from thirty-two states gathered in Tulsa to learn and renew, not to mention to have a little fun together. I was struck by the heartfelt dedication these folks have

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  • Caring too Much

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Caring too Much Ann Catlin OTR, LMT Years ago while sitting in a restaurant with a colleague I learned something about myself. We each worked as massage therapists in eldercare facilities and it was really nice to talk to someone who “got it”. Our conversation took an unexpected turn. We candidly admitted seemingly unhealthy responses to our

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  • Become a Culturally Competent Practitioner

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Become a Culturally Competent Practitioner Ann Catlin OTR, LMT Decades ago I was an occupational therapy intern in a hospital in Iowa. One day my supervisor called a meeting where she told her staff about a new patient—not something that typically triggered a meeting. But this was not a typical patient! He was the elder of a gypsy family. The

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  • Former People

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Former People Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT There’s a little quip that I’ve heard in senior communities that goes something like this; “I’m looking for Mrs. B., can you tell me what she looks like? “Yes, she’s the one with gray hair and glasses!” Not that original, really, but you get the picture. I’ve often been

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  • Person-centered Care—Why it Matters

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Person-centered Care—Why it Matters Ann Catlin OTR, LMT We are all either an elder (some of us); someone who cares about an elder (most of us); or someone who will be an elder (practically all of us). In 2011,78 million baby boomers in the U.S. began turning 65 at a rate of one every 10 seconds. Of those about 69 percent will need some form of long

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  • What’s the Quality of Your Touch?

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    What’s the Quality of Your Touch? Ann Catlin OTR, LMT 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

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  • What’s in a Story?

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    What’s in a Story? Ann Catlin OTR, LMT 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.

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  • Does Massage Improve Quality of Life of People with Alzheimer’s Disease?

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    Does Massage Improve Quality of Life of People with Alzheimer’s Disease? Ann Catlin OTR, LMT Touch deprivation in old age is real. Simington relates: Older persons report that touch conveys fondness, security, closeness, warmth, concern, and encouragement, and makes them feel an increased sense of trust and well-being. They report that touch helps

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  • What is Evidence-Based Practice?

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Saturday, March 28, 2015
    What is Evidence-Based Practice? Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT We hear a lot these days about evidence-based practice (EBP). As massage becomes more accepted in traditional healthcare settings, I think it’s important that we build an evidence-based case for why touch works. So, what makes an approach or practice evidenced-based? In this article, I hope to

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