Comforting Touch in Dementia and at End of Life : Take My Hand

Author(s): Barbara Goldschmidt

Palliative Care

Hand massage is a positive and meaningful way of reaching out and providing comfort to those who are elderly, ill or nearing the end of life, and it can be particularly effective for people with dementia who respond well to non-verbal interaction. This book teaches an easy 30 minute hand massage sequence.


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Barbara Goldschmidt is a licensed massage therapist and is the director of public relations at Swedish Institute, a college of health sciences in New York City. She has been studying, practising and teaching in the field of complementary and alternative health for over 30 years. Niamh van Meines is a nurse practitioner, currently self employed as a nurse consultant. She is a skilled clinical leader and educator in oncology, homecare, hospice and palliative care. She is also a licensed massage therapist and teaches massage therapy students about career development in end of life care.

Acknowledgements.; Part 1. A Sense of Connection.; 1. Your Radiant Sea.; 2. Sharing the Benefits of Touch.; 3. The Body as Particles and Waves.; 4. A Tangible Spirit.; Part 2. Focusing Your Touch.; 5. Physical and Energetic Qualities of the Hand.; 6. Before You Begin: Observing Best Practices.; 7. Elements of a Session.; 8. A Hand Massage Sequence.; 9. At a Glance: The Sequence and Reminders.; Part 3: The Reality of Practicing.; 10. Ten Challenges to Sharing Touch.; 11. Adapting for Different Needs.; 12. Comforting Touch in End of Life Care. References. Resources. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9781848190733
  • : Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • : Singing Dragon
  • : November 2011
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Barbara Goldschmidt
  • : Paperback
  • : James Goldschmidt
  • : 616.830622
  • : 208
  • : 21 black & white illustrations