Tactile massage and touching the skin may be ways to bond and communicate with a person even in severe stages of dementia.
Many people with dementia benefit from touch therapy, a form of treatment similar to massage. These gentle movements give a feeling of relaxation and calm, which reduces anxiety. There are various courses that teach the methods used, and the results are positive. Touching the skin releases the relaxant hormone oxytocin, which both has a calming effect and reduces any pain that may be present.