This revised and updated edition presents a combination of practical advice, true stories, and invaluable information for those who want to increase their ability to communicate more consciously and effectively through touch. The physical and psychosocial benefits of skilled touch for the confined, elderly, and ill are elucidated, providing the reader with a greater understanding of how to use touch as a tool to communicate with individuals living with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia. Massage-therapy students, doctors, nurses, nursing home and extended care facility workers, chaplains, social workers, grief counselors, and all volunteer and family caregivers will benefit from this physical, emotional, and spiritual guide to hands-on comfort and healing.
As the founder of COMPASSIONATE TOUCH® for those in Later Life Stages, Dawn Nelson was a pioneer in the effort to include age-appropriate massage and attentive touch in care plans for the confined elderly and ill. An internationally known seminar leader and touch educator, she is the author of several books, including Making Friends with Cancer, has also produced several award-winning DVD programs. Her book From the Heart Through the Hands: The Power of Touch in Caregiving has been called “essential reading for all caregivers” by Dr. Bernie Siegel.