Comforting Touch for Dementia and End of Life Care

Date: Apr 12, 2013
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

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

Barbara Goldshmidt

Fee: $15
As the American population ages, the need for creative, effective ways to provide care for dementia and end of life will affect all of us.  Currently, 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, with the number expected to double in about 20 years. Mindful touch can be a valuable way to interact with people with dementia or at the end of life who may lose their ability to communicate verbally. They need gentle, sensitive work. These three Body Work Labs will introduce participants to a body-energy-spirit approach to touch that can be remarkably effective in providing comfort and connection for those who may be isolated at home or in an institution.

The first class in the series will focus on the basics of comforting touch, research on the benefits, a specific protocol for the arm and hand, unique needs of this population, as well as cautions and contraindications.

All classes will be hands-on and include exercises to increase sensitivity and effectiveness.  Students who attend the first two classes will have the opportunity to participate in a supervised clinical experience at a facility in Brooklyn on May 10th.
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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