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April 27, 2009

Hand in Hand 2009 Shines a Light on Massage Therapy in Eldercare and Hospice

Conference Welcomes Ken Ross, son of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, as special guest speaker

Hand in Hand 2009, presented by the Center of Compassionate Touch LLC, is an innovative networking event designed for massage therapists and eldercare and hospice professionals from all over the United States.

By bringing these three professional communities together, this symposium will continue to elevate the status of paid massage therapy programs in these specialized and underserved settings. The three-day event takes place May 1-3, 2009, at the Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Drive in Orlando, Fla.

Hand in Hand 2009 welcomes Ken Ross, son of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, as the dinner gala speaker on Saturday, May 2. Ross is co-editor of the book Tea With Elisabeth, which is being released this week at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization conference in Washington, D.C. Tea With Elisabeth is more than a tribute to Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross; it is a celebration of the dedicated care provided by hospices everywhere. Fifty-one contributors share their stories about this hospice pioneer, such as Muhammad Ali, Bernie Siegel, Dame Cicely Saunders, Don Schumacher, Marianne Williamson, and more. Ken will be available to sign copies at Hand in Hand 2009.

In the past decade, massage therapy has gained recognition and acceptance in mainstream health care settings like hospitals, clinics, eldercare facilities and hospices. The massage profession is expanding to answer the growing demand for therapists with training to serve diverse special populations. As public awareness about the benefits of massage grows, hospices and long-term care facilities are recognizing the value of adding massage therapy to the programs and services they offer.

"This symposium shines a light on the important place massage therapy has in hospice care. As importantly, the networking opportunities to learn from others involved will facilitate future program development and implementation. I encourage caregivers of all kinds to attend Hand in Hand 2009," says Kathleen Egan-City, executive director of Suncoast Institute at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.

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Source: Center for Compassionate Touch LLC


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