Two members of the staff of Swedish Institute, a college of health sciences in New York, New York, received a “highly commended” award from the British Medical Association (BMA) for their book, Comforting Touch in Dementia and End of Life Care: Take My Hand. Barbara Goldschmidt, newsletter editor, and Niamh van Meines, dean of nursing, received the award in the category of Popular Medicine and were recognized at the BMA 2012 Book Awards ceremony in London, England. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, a London-based company, released the book in 2012.

Goldschmidt and van Meines are both licensed massage therapists and Swedish Institute alumna. van Meines is also a nurse practitioner.

Henry Moss, Ph.D., Swedish Institute chief academic officer, said, “Swedish Institute is proud of what Ms. Goldschmidt and Ms. van Meines have accomplished. It is another milestone in the long and distinguished history of the college. It’s especially important given what we will all face as the number of frail elderly grows dramatically over the next few decades.”

The authors were also recognized at an awards reception and panel discussion on the topic of the approaching eldercare crisis held at the college on Oct. 16.