I’m delighted to report that the second NCI conference was a resounding success! Many of those attending fed back that they wanted more time to hear from the NCI Champions, so next year we will give them more time to talk about how their country is implementing Namaste Care. I just heard that someone from Germany is going to speak about Namaste Care at a forthcoming conference. I will also be speaking in Singapore for the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) 34th International Conference March 12 – 21 2020, and that may lead to more opportunities as we expand Namaste Care
I’m almost finished with the third revision of the “End of Life Namaste Care Program for People with Dementia”. This revision will truly be international, with ideas and vignettes from many countries.
I’ve also recently had an article “Back to the Bedside” published in ‘Caring for the Ages’, the official newspaper of the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine in the USA. You can read it at www.caringfortheages.com My central message is that continuing to practice what you teach, write about, or expect of others will help you not only become an expert but also test whether it has intended meaning and value.
Finally, huge thanks to my wonderful neighbours who have taken the time to record videos from my home in Florida to send to other countries where they are introducing Namaste Care.
Now, in the autumn of 2019 I am amazed and delighted to know that Namaste Care being provided in more countries than at the beginning of the year, and in so many different settings. I am truly blessed to have you all in my life.
Namaste has been spreading its wings this year, we have been exploring ways of touching lives in other areas not just care related. Tammy has been doing some amazing work and research into baby massage and she will be speaking more on this at the 2022 NCI conference
Canadian, moved to Scotland 32 years ago. Learnt massage, had children, became passionate about touch, bonding & care between parent & child and providing moments of real connection.
Moments of real connection – love, care, compassion between individuals. Isn’t that what this life is about anyway? From birth to death. And therein lies the essence of the cross overs between Namaste Care International & Scottish School of Child & Baby Massage (Sscbmassage).
Both organisations create a quiet, calm, peaceful environment and then by using the most fundamental of human senses – touch – to nurture, restore, uplift. Babies don’t yet use language – those with advanced dementia struggle with language – and yet touch communicates all that needs to be said: ‘I see you; I care for you; I am with you’
Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, said a ‘Daily Rub was essential to maintain good health’. How even more vital then that touch is used when we are at our most vulnerable – babies, special needs children, adults with dementia – the list goes on. Helping with digestion, eating, drinking, sleeping, resting – increasing white blood cell count – there are so many benefits to massage. It is a necessity, not a luxury. I often say if someone could bottle massages and sell them to us – we would all be having them!!
I look forward to meeting you at the conference.