By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room
If you are old and hip enough you might be familiar with the term -- give me some skin. Know it?
Not the "smack shot". Not the modern day "high five".
Just the slow soft feel of one hand sliding across the hand of another. Nice and slow. Soft. If you are feeling kinda perky, you can stop near the end, and wiggle your fingers. Let those pads on the tips of your fingers touch.
I "give Dotty the skin" every day. Many times each day.
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This simple gesture brings with it a feeling of togetherness and connected-ness. A very powerful form of nonverbal, tactile communication. You don't need to say a word. The communication is in the touch.
You might be surprised at what happens if you start doing this each day. You might be very surprised at the reaction you get -- the nonverbal look. You might also be surprised at how it makes you feel.
One thing for certain. If you do this several times each day for a while you will begin to see a difference in your Alzheimer's patient.
For those of you willing to make the effort -- Let me know.
Oh yeah, before I forget. No words. Just stick your hand out and wait for it to happen. When it happens, just slide your hand -- and keep your mouth shut.
My how times have changed.
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Bob DeMarco is the Founder of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. The ARR knowledge base contains more than 3,811 articles with more than 306,100 links on the Internet. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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