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Touch is Good “Medicine”
Compassionate Touch® is an approach combining skilled touch and specialized communication shown to prevent behavioral expression in people with dementia and reduce job stress in care-partners.

Compassionate Touch helps providers achieve goals related to person-centered dementia care and reduction of unnecessary use of anti-psychotic medication. This practical, evidence-informed approach literally puts in caregiver’s hands a non-pharmacological solution that:

  • Is Feasible: Uses existing resources | Easy to learn | Practicality ensures sustainability
  • Is Effective: Decreases anxiety | Promotes sleep | Eases pain | Builds trust in caregivers | Provides a non-pharmacological prevention strategy for behavioral symptoms
  • Facilitates Staff Satisfaction: Reduces job burnout | Builds strong relationships | Aligns with person-centered care practices
  • Encourages Family Engagement: Provides a means for family to calm, comfort and support their loved one | Enhances the family’s experience as a member of the care-team
  • Strengthens Marketability with a unique program for community outreach | Sets your organization apart | Demonstrates commitment to culture change
We offer two training programs:
Option 1. Compassionate Touch Coach Training for Individuals or Organizations
  • Upon completion of the six- hour training, participants are designated as Compassionate Touch Coaches and empowered to train staff in their facility or organization and conduct family or community outreach presentations. The facility or organization is licensed to use the Compassionate Touch program and materials. To help ensure sustainability, AGE-u-cate provides on-going support for Coaches throughout the license period.

  • Coach Training Objectives and Content Outline
Option 2. Compassionate Touch Caregiver Workshop
  • This three-hour workshop is open to any caregiver wanting to incorporate Compassionate Touch approaches into their own work serving people with dementia. The experiential focus of the session makes the knowledge "come alive" and attendees leave with a skill that can immediately be applied as a new tool.

  • Caregiver Training Objectives and Content Outline


This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 6 clock hours and 6 participant hours.
This training may satisfy requirements by many national and state licensing boards and professional organizations. For rules governing continuing education credits, participants should contact their respective regulatory boards. Contact your board or organization for filing requirements.