NY's Swedish Institute Honored 2 Staff Members With A
10/18/2012

Two members of the staff of Swedish Institute, a college of health sciences in New York City, had the honor of receiving a “highly commended” award by the British Medical Association for their book, Comforting Touch in Dementia and End of Life Care: Take My Hand.

Online PR News – 18-October-2012 – New York, NY – Caring for Frail Elderly Focus of Awards Reception and Panel Discussion at Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences on October 16

Two members of the staff of Swedish Institute, a college of health sciences in New York City, had the honor of receiving a “highly commended” award by the British Medical Association for their book, Comforting Touch in Dementia and End of Life Care: Take My Hand. Barbara Goldschmidt, newsletter editor, and Niamh van Meines, dean of Nursing, received the award in the category of “Popular Medicine” and were recognized at the BMA 2012 Book Awards ceremony in London, which Ms. Goldschmidt attended. She was joined by editors from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, the London-based company that released the book in 2012.

Ms. Goldschmidt and Ms. van Meines are both licensed massage therapists and Swedish Institute alumna. Ms. van Meines is also a nurse practitioner with a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Columbia University.

Dr. Henry Moss, Swedish Institute Chief Academic Officer said, “Swedish Institute is proud of what Ms. Goldschmidt and Ms. van Meines have accomplished. It is another milestone in the long and distinguished history of the college. It’s especially important given what we will all face as the number of frail elderly grows dramatically over the next few decades.”

The authors were recognized at an awards reception and panel discussion on the topic of the approaching eldercare crisis at the college on October 16 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm. For further information, email Jess Ferrante, director of Student Services at jferrante@swedishinstitute.edu.
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Synopsis:
Comforting Touch in Dementia and End of Life Care: Take My Hand emphasizes the therapeutic value of “touch” in caring for the elderly and offers inspiration for all caregivers looking for an alternative way to reach out to provide comfort and connect with a family member, friend or patient in their care.

Lucy Liben, Dean of Massage Therapy at Swedish Institute, calls it “much more than a how-to book...really an open invitation to the transformative experience of providing simple, conscious touch to loved ones who are in one way or another slipping away from us. Drawing from sources as varied as mindfulness practices, research, Chinese medicine and moving personal stories, the authors provide caregivers with a clear path to offering simple hand massage, and to the benefits and profound sense of connection that often result.”