Updated: Nov 29, 2018
“Hold my hand”, my dad said to me while sitting in his lift chair at the nursing home.
I could see that he was feeling a bit worried at the time. He had reached the point where he had lost much of his previous independence. We held hands and reminisced, finding comfort in each other’s touch.
Up to his last few weeks, my dad played piano from his wheelchair.
He was a man of science. A quiet researcher and gentle soul. He loved his family, his work, and playing classical music on his piano.
Though he had lost much of his finger dexterity there was still an elegant touch on the piano keys. A touch that brought life to complex somber chords that seemed to free him from his body’s confinement and resonated with his inner thoughts.
Touch is powerful. I believe that touch soothes and heals both body and mind.
Click here to listen to our song, "Touch."
Here are a few articles that I think is are interesting reads on the topic of touch:
from the AARP website on the Power of Touch
from Berkeley on Hands on Research
from Psychology Today on Reasons Why We Need Human Touch