Minimizing the impact of touch starvation in long-term care residents – Blogs

Jennifer Birdsall, Ph.D.

What is touch starvation?

Also known as “touch deprivation,” “skin hunger” or “hug deprivation,” touch starvation is what occurs when a person’s exposure to physical contact has been significantly reduced or eliminated, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing.

I began researching this phenomenon and discovered there was a name for it after a number of psychologists in my organization sought consultation on ways to reduce the added psychological impacts they were seeing in their skilled nursing home patients from the lack of positive human touch. Further, the psychologists were expressing how difficult it was for themselves not being able to offer a needed hug or brief hand holding during their psychotherapy sessions with patients struggling from significant grief, depression and fears.

While most residents in long-term care communities understand the reasons we cannot hug or hold a hand with those we care about,

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Bipasha Basu uses Dharma Yoga Wheel to stretch back muscles in new fitness video. Watch



a person sitting on a chair: Bipasha Basu shares new fitness post. Photo: Instagram/ Bipasha Basu


Bipasha Basu shares new fitness post. Photo: Instagram/ Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu is one of those celebrities who have been working out and sharing their detailed exercise routines since the quarantine began. Time and again, the actress puts up an Instagram story of her at-home workout and urges people to exercise as well.

Her recent post is also the same. The actress, on Sunday, took to Instagram and shared a time-lapse video of her extensive workout on her stories. She also shared a post which showed how she relaxes after a grilling exercise session.

Bipasha shared the gram with the caption, “Dharma yoga wheel to my rescue today!!! Stiff back needs some love #loveyourself #loveyourbody #listentoyourbody #stretch (sic).”

In the video, the actress can be seen lying on a dharma yoga wheel moving forward and backwards in order to stretch her back muscles. For the fitness session, the actress wore

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