Chicago, IL & Colleyville, TX – AGE-u-cate Training Institute ( has been awarded $687,904 in Civil Monetary Penalty funding by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help 140 Ohio nursing homes improve care to residents with dementia.

The three-year project is titled “Compassionate Touch®: A Practical Approach to Ease Behavioral Symptoms”. This project will directly benefit nursing home residents by providing non-pharmacological strategies, i.e. skilled touch techniques and specialized communication, which will strike at the underlying causes of negative, behavioral expression in participating residents: improving their overall quality of life.

Compassionate Touchâis an approach combining skilled touch and specialized communication shown to prevent behavioral expression in people with dementia and reduce job stress in care-partners.

“There is an urgent need to better support persons living with dementia and we look forward to working with Ohio nursing homes,” says Pam Brandon, AGE-u-cate’s President and Founder. “This program offers simple, yet effective tools for care partners to connect with, calm and comfort those they are caring for who are living with dementia”.

The Compassionate Touch® program was developed by Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT, a leading expert in the field of skilled touch in eldercare and hospice. Drawing on 30 years’ experience, Ann has guided professionals and organizations to rediscover ‘touch-as-medicine’ in person-centered dementia care.

 About AGE-u-cate Training Institute   

 AGE-u-cate Training Institute develops and delivers innovative, research-based aging and dementia training programs for professional and family caregivers.  Training is delivered across the United States and internationally in long term care communities, hospitals, in-home, hospice, and community-based organizations as well as universities.


AGE-u-cate contact:  Mary Petersen, Manager of Strategic Projects817.857.1157 x 204;