Comforting Touch for Dementia and End of Life Care: Offsite

Date: May 10, 2013
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Online bookings are not available for this class, please see registration info below.

Barbara Goldschmidt

Fee: $15

For our last class, we will visit Lutheran Augustana Center for Extended Care in Brooklyn and work with the residents. Attending the first two classes (4/12 and 4/26) is a prerequisite for this offsite.

Working with this population presents a unique opportunity to explore non-verbal communication. Research suggests we can wordlessly share what we hold in our heart/mind. We will discuss how to give as a receiver, use the elements of a session as a way to reinforce the goals of your care plan, and the challenges of bringing this work where it is needed.

barbaragoldshmidtBarbara Goldschmidt, LMT is an author, educator and licensed massage therapist (New York State). She has been active in the field of integrative health care for 30 years. Barbara began practicing as a massage therapist in 1986, after completing the program at Swedish Institute. Her interest in working with people with dementia began in 1996, when she was the lead massage therapist in a study at Cobble Hill Health Center in Brooklyn, NY. In 2011, she taught massage as an alternative intervention for pain to staff at several nursing homes in New York City through a grant implemented by the Education Fund of 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union). She has also created a class for caregivers for the Alzheimer’s Association of New York City. She is co-author, with Niamh van Meines, of Comforting Touch in Dementia and End of Life Care: Take My Hand (Singing Dragon Books), which was “highly commended” by the British Medical Association Books Awards of 2012 in the category of “popular medicine”. More info at

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