|30 Jan 2007 @ 11:07, by Gerald Vest|
Dear colleagues/team members and others following our Global Touch Project
"The goal of adulthood is not to grow up, but to develop what are considered childlike traits: the ability to love, to learn, to wonder, to know, to explore, to experiment." (Growing Young, Ashley Montagu)
We are off to a great start for our Spring term plan to move our stressout into nursing homes and other programs. Linda Schaberg's 9 NMSU senior Nursing Students started their orientation to our touch program on Wednesday and they are sharp and eager to give stressouts every week in Munson. They will also be conducting research and designing, promoting, and administering a training program for seniors interested in using or giving our nourishing touch.
I have the good fortune to have 25 senior, BSW students, enrolled in my Social Work Practice with Elders course and they are also enthusiastic and interested in learning to give our 'stressout' in nursing homes and other programs as well. We will have teams in El Paso, Alamogordo and Las Cruces providing training for staff and care givers in nursing homes with a special focus with Alzheimer's patients and residents.
Francesca, Imelda, and her staff are to be commended for taking the lead with our nursing home teams while Aurora will be actively involved in assisting us in recruiting and supporting our senior volunteers. Special thanks to senior volunteers -- Elizabeth for covering our Munson Health Center(Wed) and East Side Center(Thurs) and Ann for maintaining our Mesilla Park(Tues.) services. Also, many thanks to Cher for helping us with our setup in our senior centers and for her expert consultation.
On another note, Samantha is interested in providing stressouts with the battered, abused and neglected population and establishing a research component to determine our touch program's effectiveness with the healing and therapeutic processes. We will be exploring grants to support the project and also look to include university and community partnerships.
Finally, I have been invited to present our program for St. Andrews Episcopal Church (6:00-6:50pm), March 15. And, in April I will be giving a workshop for the El Paso Alzheimers' annual conference for caregivers. I would love to have our team members join with me in presenting these workshops.
Please forgive me if I left your name out of this message. Everyone is equally important and valued for contributing to our Las Cruces NM Health Promotion Team with Elders. We are One.
Thank you all for your support and for advancing our work with elders and others. Let's stay-in-touch.
PS Here is an interesting research report on the use of acupressure.
Acupressure May Help Dementia Patients
Small trial suggests it eases illness-linked agitation
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FRIDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Regular acupressure treatment helps reduce agitated behavior in dementia patients, according to a small study by Taiwanese researchers.
Acupressure involves the application of pressure to certain points of the body.
This study of 20 dementia patients found that 15-minute acupressure sessions given twice a day, five days a week, led to noticeable improvements, including reduced wandering and less verbal and physical aggression.
During the sessions, each of five key pressure points was pressed for two minutes using three to five kilograms of pressure. The sessions lasted for four weeks. After the end of that treatment period, patient agitation levels started to increase again. That suggests that dementia patients require acupressure therapy on an ongoing basis, the researchers said.
The study is published in the February issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.
The findings have "important implications for the future care of dementia patients," study co-author Professor Li-Chan Lin, of the Institute of Clinical Nursing at National Yang-Ming University, said in a prepared statement. According to Lin, the study shows that acupressure "provides an effective option that, following training, can be carried out at home or in long-term care facilities."
"Agitated behavior in people with dementia is a major concern for caregivers. It can endanger patients and others, make it necessary for them to be moved from familiar surroundings and demoralize and psychologically distress caregivers," Lin noted.
"It is very important that we find interventions that enable us to provide more effective care for (dementia patients), both in their own home and in long-term care facilities," Lin said.
The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about dementia.
(SOURCE: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., news release, Jan. 22, 2007)
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