Author: Ryan Speer

Sleeves Up! ActivMed is proud to partner with the American Red Cross and be a part of all they do for our community, our country, and around the world. Our blood drive is important to patients in need, and we are grateful to be able to help make a difference in our community. Help us make an impact on March 8, 2019! 421 Merrimack St. Suite 204 Methuen, MA 01844 Pre-register today! Contact Nikki Boyd @ 978-655-7155 or email nboyd@activmedresearch.com

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SPREAD THE WORD Alzheimer’s Support Group Every 2nd Thursday of the month 6:45pm- 8:00pm   Exeter Senior Center 30 Court Street Exeter, NH 03833 For information please call Denise Petty @ (603) 772-5251 or email denise.petty@genesishcc.com

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 110 Corporate Dr., Suite 2 Portsmouth, NH Date: Every Thursday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 603-319-8863 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN GET A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 421 Merrimack St. Ste 203 Methuen, MA Date: Every Wednesday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 978-655-7155 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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  Memory Loss & Intimacy Tammy Pozerycki is a certified dementia practitioner, a certified Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care trainer, and the founder of Alternatives in Alzheimer’s Care and Pleasantries Adult Day Services, LLC. Join her for this onehour CE event and learn about sexuality and intimacy as it relates to those living with dementia. Tammy will discuss the efficacy of relationship forming in memory care assisted living and other institutionalized care and help you develop the competency and compassion needed to educate families about this often misunderstood topic. **Continuing Education Qualifying Event** 1 Hour Social Worker CE 1 contact hour Nurse CE Wednesday, January 23rd 7 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast | 7 a.m. Program | 7:30 to 8:30 a.m Please RSVP by Monday, January 21st to Diane Robinson at 978-420-1570 or drobinson@wingatehealthcare.com 10 Residences Way (GPS: 182 North Ave.) | Haverhill, MA 01830 978-912-9250 | Residences at Haverhill.com

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CAREGIVER Speaker Series presents Medicaid & Medicare Planning with Joy V. Riddell Smart decisions are well-informed decisions. Join us for an evening of information sharing about these two programs and how to best position yourself for retirement and later years. Joy V. Riddell, of RIDDELL LAW, PLLC in Portsmouth, NH has been practicing law over 20 years in estate planning, trust and estate administration, elder law, guardianships and special needs trusts. Ms. Riddell will present strategies and information to help you navigate the retirement maze. A question & answer session will follow. Tuesday, January 22, 6-7:30pm PLEASE Join us at the RYE Public Library Together the Rye Public Library and Evolve at Rye continue this speaker series to inform and support caregivers in our community. The series is FREE and open to the public. Kindly call Evolve at Rye to RSVP as seating is limited (603) 379-1898  

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January 22, 2019

We all love to get away for a few days. An escape from the normal routine can be exciting and gives us something to look forward to. However, for those that suffer from celiac disease, the thought of traveling can sometimes bring more stress than excitement. Check out these helpful tips to make traveling with celiac disease a little more carefree.

  1. Plan ahead! Check with your hotel to see if you will have a microwave and refrigerator available to you. This would allow you to go to a store and pick up some items to have in your room.
  2. Pack smart. Pack non-perishable food items like nuts, dried fruit, etc. that could really come in handy. If possible, you could even pack a small cooler with some frozen or quick cooking items that could help as well.
  3. Think local. If you’re traveling internationally, you may not be able to pack a cooler, but you will be able to print out an allergen translation card in the local language. This can be extremely helpful. You can find the cards
  4. Get friendly with your phone. There are many apps available now on smartphones that can help you to find gluten-free restaurants. Check them out ahead of time so you have a plan and are comfortable with using the app.

While traveling with celiac disease can certainly be stressful, incorporating some of these useful tips may help to make things just a little bit easier. Physicians at ActivMed Practices and Research Inc. are working diligently to help find potential new celiac disease treatment options. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with celiac disease, you may qualify to participate in a currently enrolling research study. Qualified candidates who participate will receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. To learn more and see if you may qualify for a study, CLICK HERE.

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Alzheimer’s Café Every 2nd Tuesday of the month 2pm-3:30pm       Join us for Alzheimer’s support groups, discussion, and guest speakers!   Exeter Senior Center 30 Court Street Exeter, NH 03833   For more information, please call Denise Petty at (603) 772-5251 or email denise.petty@genesishcc.com

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SPREAD THE WORD Alzheimer’s Support Group Every 2nd Thursday of the month 6:45pm- 8:00pm   Exeter Senior Center 30 Court Street Exeter, NH 03833 For information please call Denise Petty @ (603) 772-5251 or email denise.petty@genesishcc.com

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN GET A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 110 Corporate Dr Suite 2 Portsmouth, NH Date: Every Thursday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 603-319-8863 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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A MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP For Those With Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinsonian Syndrome, & Their Caregivers Join us at the Brentwood for an hour of compassion & learning, and you can ASK THE EXPERT all your questions about Parkinson’s. Keep up-to-date about new medications and treatments, and receive the encouragement and motivation needed to live well with Parkinson’s disease. Moderated by Dr. Diana Apetauerova, a Neurologist who serves at Director of the Movement Disorders Center at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and is associate clinical professor at Tufts University and visiting associate clinical professor at Charles University, Czech Republic. Dr. Apetauerova evaluates and plans treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. She is also involved in surgical therapy for Parkinson’s patients and actively engaged in research. UPCOMING EVENTS: January 9- Caregiver Support Group, Massage Gloves Giveaway! February 13- The Love of Art: Artists for Parkinson’s March 13- PSP April 10- Topic to Be Determined   RSVP to Leah Kirkpatrick at 978-777-2700 or Marlene Sheehy at msheehy@mhslp.com   Pancakes for Parkinson’s Breakfast

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December 26, 2018

Atopic dermatitis, or eczema as it’s more commonly known, is a frustrating condition that affects more than 35 million Americans. Symptoms tend to present as patches of skin becoming red and itchy, with areas of oozing or swelling. It most commonly appears on the face, backs of the knees, insides of the elbows, hands and wrists.  Eczema is long-lasting and tends to ‘flare-up’ periodically. While most common in children, Eczema can affect anyone at any age.  By knowing some common eczema triggers, it can help you to manage flares and prevent new outbreaks.

  1. Stress: Stress is one of the most common eczema triggers. While it’s nearly impossible to remove all of the stress from our lives, trying to keep our stress levels at a minimum can help with flares.
  2. Temperature Extremes: Too hot or too cold is not ideal for those with eczema. Excessive sweating is an eczema trigger for many people, while extreme cold can cause the skin to become too dry. Aim for a comfortable environment with humidity levels of 45-55 percent.
  3. Cosmetics: Cosmetics tend to have fragrances or preservatives in them that can be irritating to eczema sufferers. Look for “fragrance-free” products and do a patch test before using them to check for irritation.
  4. Get to know your fabrics: Cotton is the best option when it comes to eczema sufferers. Wool, synthetics, and other rough materials could irritate skin and trigger a flare.
  5. Laundry Detergents: Harsh ingredients in many detergents can irritate skin. Opting for a fragrance-free, neutral pH detergent is a good choice.
  6. Diet: Food allergies can sometimes trigger eczema symptoms, so if you start to notice symptoms after eating a particular food, it might be time to see your doctor.While there’s currently no cure for eczema, the condition can be better managed by knowing your personal triggers and avoiding them to prevent flare-ups.

    If you or someone you love is struggling with eczema, ActivMed currently has enrolling studies for those seeking new treatment options. Qualified candidates who participate will receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. To learn more and see how you or someone you love may qualify for a study, click HERE.

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 421 Merrimack St. Ste 203 Methuen, MA Date: Every Wednesday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 978-655-7155 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 110 Corporate Dr., Suite 2 Portsmouth, NH Date: Every Thursday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 603-319-8863 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 421 Merrimack St. Ste 203 Methuen, MA Date: Every Wednesday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 978-655-7155 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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December 13, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful feast provided by Dr. Portney and Nurse Ali yesterday. Thank you for all you do for us!

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SPREAD THE WORD Alzheimer’s Support Group Every 2nd Thursday of the month 6:45pm- 8:00pm   Exeter Senior Center 30 Court Street Exeter, NH 03833 For information please call Denise Petty @ (603) 772-5251 or email denise.petty@genesishcc.com

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Andre Dubus III, local best-selling author, will speak about the path that led him to become a writer – one that pulled him out of a life of violence and allowed him to find his voice through the arts. Andre’s reflections and observations of coming of age gives a compelling and compassionate view of the social determinants his family faced: poverty, isolation, housing, lifestyle and environmental risks. Andre is the author of Gone So Long, Dirty Love, Townie, The Garden of Last Days and House of Sand and Fog (an Oprah Book Club pick and a finalist for the National Book Award).   To learn more about Mr. Dubus visit his website at http://andredubus.com/ As eloquent in person as in writing, we want you to enjoy an exciting and inspirational evening. Thursday, December 13, 2018 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm     Reception, Dinner and Presentation Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley 280 Merrimack Street, Suite 400, Lawrence, MA 01843   Online Registration – click below Register Now!   Phone Registration: Andrew McGinty 978-946-1429 development@esmv.org   Please RSVP on or before Friday, December 7th

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 110 Corporate Dr., Suite 2 Portsmouth, NH Date: Every Thursday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 603-319-8863 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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Seacoast Seniors Networking Breakfast Hosted by Easterseals NH Homemakers & Health Services WHERE: Easterseals Office, 157 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham WHEN: Thursday, December 13th 8:00AM- 9:30AM RSVP: bchagnon@eastersealsnh.org or 722-5925

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Mystery Box Bingo Join us for some holiday spirits, cheer and fun! Play a few quick rounds of Mystery Box Bingo for a chance to win that last minute gift for a loved one or yourself. Take a chance to win tickets to Blue Man Group, Greater Lowell Music Theatre, and other mystery prizes to be discovered!    

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December 12, 2018

When someone says that they have depression, many people compare it to being sad or upset, but that’s only a small part of it. A general assumption about depression is that someone who has been diagnosed is temporarily going through something stressful, hurtful, or difficult. What they don’t realize is that it’s not all environmental. A bad day at work or a fight with your significant other is not the sole thing that makes someone feel this way; it’s also mental.

So, what is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that affects a person’s entire life. This is not just a feeling of sadness, it is the lack of enjoyment and importance for things that were once a priority for a person. Other symptoms include feelings of hopelessness, lack of concentration, and even restless sleep. All of these things have an impact on all aspects of life; work, school, relationships, and general life.

How do I know if I’m depressed?

Being diagnosed with this disorder would mean that someone has been experiencing the symptoms mentioned before, almost every day for a two-week period or longer. That’s not to say that, just because you have these symptoms, means that you should assume that you are depressed. Consulting your physician is the only way to truly be diagnosed and treated properly. They will be able to help you learn the best ways to cope and start living a healthier life.

What comes next?

If you or a loved one is experiencing signs of depression, know that you are not alone. Hundreds of millions of people around the world have experienced the same things. It is important to keep in mind that this feeling is not permanent. A clinical study conducted by ActivMed at our Methuen location could also benefit individuals who battle with this disorder. We are currently seeking participants, and those who qualify will receive not only study-related care at no cost, but compensation for travel. To learn more about this study and how you or a loved one could qualify, CLICK HERE.

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 421 Merrimack St. Ste 203 Methuen, MA Date: Every Wednesday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 978-655-7155 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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Alzheimer’s Café Every 2nd Tuesday of the month 2pm-3:30pm       Join us for Alzheimer’s support groups, discussion, and guest speakers!   Exeter Senior Center 30 Court Street Exeter, NH 03833   For more information, please call Denise Petty at (603) 772-5251 or email denise.petty@genesishcc.com

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December 11, 2018

This season we have partnered with Emmaus House in Haverhill, Massachusetts. This organization is now holding a Toy Drive to collect gifts for children in shelters and housing programs. If you’re looking for a way to give back this season, give the gift of Christmas to families with children. CLICK HERE to find out more about how you can donate!

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 110 Corporate Dr., Suite 2 Portsmouth, NH Date: Every Thursday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 603-319-8863 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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SENIOR NETWORKING EVENT   Comfort Home Care is hosting this networking event. This event is an opportunity for Seniors to network with people who provide Senior Services in the local Area. DONATE New or Used Cold Weather Items! Please bring coat, hats, gloves, or mittens to donate for our annual donation drive! Boston North Senior Services Network organizes these meetings, which take place on the first Thursday of the month in different locations.

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 421 Merrimack St. Ste 203 Methuen, MA Date: Every Wednesday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 978-655-7155 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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Join us for an night of Bingo and purses! All participants who bring non-perishable food to be donated to the Tewksbury Food Pantry will be entered into a raffle to win purses from Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Cole Haan & Tory Burch! When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 5:00 pm mix & mingle | 6:00 pm bingo Where: Bayberry at Emerald Court 2000 Emerald Court | Tewksbury, MA RSVP: 978.640.0194 or email jennifer@bayberryatemeraldcourt.com    

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December 3, 2018

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You can now find us on the Michael J. Fox Foundation! Fox Trial Finder is a tool that connects volunteers with clinical trials. Join us in speeding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

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Pancake Breakfast The Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club Providing transportation and heat to local seniors Tickets: $5 for Adults, $3 for Children, $15 per Family Holiday Fair Photos with Santa 50/50 Raffle   DATE: December 1, 2018 Tickets can also be purchased at the door TIME: 7:30-10:30am For more information LOCATION: Sarah’s Place Contact: Amy Anwyl at 978-374-2175 Adult Day Health 180 Water St. Haverhill, MA 01830

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November 29, 2018
skin

No two people are born completely identical. Even in the case of twins, personalities, preferences, and even minute physical differences, makes each person a unique individual. In the same way, the appearance and symptoms of skin conditions vary from person to person.

Eczema, psoriasis and prurigo nodularis (PN) are three common diagnoses that have no known  cure, yet they affect the lives of millions across the globe. The symptoms of each disease are remarkably similar, and yet they each maintain distinct differences, making general treatment options difficult to prescribe. In celebration of Healthy Skin Month, here is a brief explanation of these three diseases, and what symptoms they each manifest.

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Eczema

Eczema is an umbrella term used to describe a condition in which the skin becomes rough, inflamed, and causes itching and bleeding. Sometimes also referred to as Atopic Dermatitis, eczema is a hypersensitive allergic response in which the immune system attacks an unspecified stimulant inside or outside the body. Symptoms include:

  • Dry skin
  • Redness
  • Itching/Bleeding
  • Skin cracking

According to the National Eczema Association, while all types of eczema can cause redness and itching, specific types of eczema, such as Nummular eczema, can leave open, crusted or “weeping” sores. Fortunately, eczema does tend to appear in “flares”, and can subside over time.

Psoriasis

Similar to eczema, psoriasis causes itching, dry patches on the surface of the skin. The primary difference is that psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that results in the production of too many skin cells. These skin cells cause thick, scaly patches to form, which can limit flexibility and cause pain. Other symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • Red patches covered in thick, silvery scales
  • Itching, burning, soreness
  • Swollen and stiff joints

Prurigo Nodularis (PN)

Unlike eczema and psoriasis, PN is an intensely itchy skin condition that is hypothesized to be primarily caused by a thickening of nerve endings that sends a strong itching impulse to the brain. When repeatedly scratched, these nerve endings develop thick, hard nodules on the surface of the skin that can scar. Patients diagnosed with PN often find themselves scratching until pain or bleeding occurs, even while asleep. Similar to the effects of poison ivy, the more scratching that occurs, the more the nodules form and spread.

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Treatment and Research

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for these conditions. Physicians at ActivMed are looking to change this reality by continually seeking new treatment options for patients diagnosed with eczema, psoriasis and PN. Those who qualify and participate in a clinical study will see a dermatologist at no cost, and receive compensation for travel. If you or someone you know has experienced chronic, itchy skin conditions, you may be eligible to participate! To learn more on how you can be involved, CLICK HERE.

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VETERANS NORTHEAST OUTREACH CENTER’S THANKSGIVING DINNER NOVEMBER 19 5:30 – 8:OOPM AMVETS Post 147 All Veterans and Family Members Are Welcome! 576 Primrose St. Haverhill, MA 01830

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  STOP BY FOR A QUICK TOUR AND RECEIVE A -FREE TURKEY-    

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November 15, 2018
National Memory Screening Program

National Memory Screening Program

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Sign Up Today for Free Six Week Workshop! Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Inc. Wednesday, November 7th – December 12th 2018 l:oopm – 3:30 pm Lowell Senior Center 276 Broadway Street, Lowell MA For More Info or To Register Please call Maria Arias at 978-946-1211. Or visit our website at www.healthyliving4me.org Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealthyLivingCenteroffxcellence Find us on Twitter: @HealthyLivingCE My Life My Health — the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is for anyone living with an on-going medical condition like: Arthritis Cancer Chronic Back Pain Diabetes High Blood Pressure Parkinson’s Disease Asthma COPD Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fibromyalgia Heart Disease Stroke. ..and more

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Learn about memory loss, what’s normal and what may be a concern. Join us for an afternoon of Cookies, Coffee, Cocoa & Tea Tuesday, November 13th 2-4 PM You are cordially invited to visit our new Learning Center in our research facility. Short Presentation by: Robert Portney, MD & Allison Castonguay, APRN, FNP-BC 421 Merrimack Street, Suite 204, Methuen MA, 01844 RSVP: 978-655-7155

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November 7, 2018
National Alzheimer

Impacting the lives of over five million people in the U.S. alone, Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the leading diagnoses in seniors over the age of 65. Nearly every household has felt the effect of this incurable condition, whether personal or in witness to the toll it has had on national celebrities, such as activist Rosa Parks or actor James Stuart.

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month celebrates the families and fighters of Alzheimer’s, promotes a hopeful future and search for a cure.

National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness

When was National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month founded?

Preceding his diagnosis in 1994, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5110 in November 1983, establishing that month as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month to recognize the condition as a serious concern to the growing U.S. population. Since that time, this awareness month has been utilized to encourage research, community support and education of memory loss and Alzheimer’s symptoms.

How is Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosed?

If someone begins to experience or display significant memory loss symptoms, physician may use several methods to determine whether or not that individual has some form of dementia.

First, a physician may conduct an overall health and memory screening. A memory screening is a series of tasks and questions used to test memory, cognition, language skills and other intellectual functions. The doctor can use this information over a span of time to measure cognition and gauge mental condition.

Standard medical tests, including blood and urine testing, in addition to brain scans, such as MRI or CAT scans, can also be used to rule out other symptoms, such as stroke or the presence of a tumor.

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease?

According to Mayo Clinic, there are five primary symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease:

  • Memory loss or lapse
  • Difficulty with concentration
  • Difficulty with decision making and reasoning
  • Inability to perform routine tasks (such as cooking or getting dressed)
  • Changes in personality (including mood swings, social withdrawals, apathy and distrust in others)

How can I participate in National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month?

Across the nation, there are many opportunities to be involved and raise awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease. Awareness walks, 5K races, charity events and volunteerism are just a few options on how you can become involved in your community. Physicians at ActivMed also offer free memory screenings by appointment, at no cost to you nor is insurance needed.

If you or someone you know has experienced memory loss, or has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you may also be eligible to participate in clinical research! Qualified candidates will receive study-related care and medication at no cost, as well as receive compensation for travel. To learn more on how you can be involved, CLICK HERE.

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October 30, 2018

Lisa, the winner of the Alzheimer walk in Andover raffle!

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October 30, 2018

We had a surprise baby shower yesterday, celebrating the upcoming arrival of a sweet baby girl! We can’t wait to meet her!

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October 30, 2018
memory loss

Most people experience more moments than they can recall. From our first steps to dinner last night, we often have difficulty remembering all of the details from each day. Fortunately, the mind subconsciously stores many of these special moments as memories to be triggered by or associated with specific environmental factors for later recollection.

With each unique memory being more precious than the last, memory loss can be a frustrating experience to endure; however, cutting-edge research may provide new treatment opportunities and hope for patients diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment.

memory loss

First, what is mild cognitive impairment?

According to Mayo Clinic, memory loss, or mild cognitive impairment, is the stage between expected cognitive decline and aging, and the more serious decline of dementia. This condition affects over 20% of the U.S. population over the age of 65, and can often be the early onset of other cognitive diseases, such Alzheimer’s disease.

How is memory loss treated?

Since Dr. Alois Alzheimer first linked microscopic brain formations to memory loss in 1906, scientists have been searching for new, more effective ways to treat patients suffering from cognitive impairment. Due to the complicated nature of the condition, it wasn’t until the mid-1990’s that treatment options first emerged, with the FDA approval of a drug called tacrine (Cognex).

Based on information from the Alzheimer’s Association, there are two primary types of medication assigned to treat cognitive impairment symptoms: cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine. Cholinesterase inhibitors are prescribed to treat early to moderate stage memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease by helping prevent the breakdown of chemicals messengers used to stimulate learning and memory, while memantine is used to treat severe Alzheimer’s disease to improve daily function and information processing.

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Is there a cure for memory loss and dementia?

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for these conditions. Physicians at ActivMed are looking to change this reality by continually seeking new treatment options for patients diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. If you or someone you know has experienced memory loss, or has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you may be eligible to participate in clinical research! Qualified candidates who decide to participate will receive study-related visits and lab work at no cost, as well as receive compensation for travel. To learn more on how you can be involved, CLICK HERE.

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October 17, 2018

We enjoyed our field trip to visit another site in Rhode Island! We had a great day of sharing recruitment ideas with several other research professionals.

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October 9, 2018
Seacoast Senior Expo - Oct. 10, 2018

Stop by the Seacoast Senior Expo and say hi, and join our raffle for a prize!

Seacoast Senior Expo - Oct. 10, 2018

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October 8, 2018

World Mental Health Day (October 10) and National Depression Screening Day (October 11) are both held annually during Mental Illness Awareness Week in October. Both days are recognized globally in an effort to raise public awareness of behavioral and mental health issues, working to reduce stigma, and changing overall attitudes about mental health.

The 2018 campaign for World Mental Health Day is focused on Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), half of all mental illness begins at the age of 14, and most remain undetected and untreated, with depression being the third leading cause. Suicide is the second cause of death among those between 15 and 29, with harmful use of alcohol and illicit drugs being a major issue. The goal of this year’s campaign is to bring attention to the issues youths and young adults are facing in the world today and begin the conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient.

World Mental Health Day was observed for the first time back on October 10, 1992. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by the Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. Back then, the day had no specific theme or topic and the goal was to promote mental health advocacy and to educate the public on relevant issues. The day is officially commemorated annually on October 10th.

National Depression Screening Day was pioneered in 1990 by Screening for Mental Health (SMH). It was the first voluntary, mental health screening initiative. The day began as an effort to reach individuals across the country to help educate them on mental health issues and connect them with support services.

ActivMed will be offering FREE DEPRESSION SCREENINGS during the month of October in recognition of World Mental Health Day. If you or someone you love has been experiencing depression symptoms, you may request an appointment by CLICKING HERE.

Research studies for potential new depression treatments are also enrolling now. If you have been diagnosed with depression and are unhappy with your current treatment, you may be eligible. Qualified candidates who participate will receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. To learn more and see how you or someone you love may qualify for a study, CLICK HERE.

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October 4, 2018
ACRES

The Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES) announced this week that teams have initiated validation of standards and testing of procedures for voluntary accreditation of clinical research sites. The first evaluation effort, under the direction of Dr. Larry Kennedy, ACRES VP for Quality Management Systems and Chief Quality Officer, is underway in association with ActivMed Practices and Research, Inc.

READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE

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October 4, 2018
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September 30, 2018

We had a great time at the Ice Cream Social at the Portsmouth Senior Center!

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September 25, 2018

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September 24, 2018
AcitvMed_Blog_Mental_Illness_Awareness_Week

Each year, millions of people face the tough reality of living with mental illness. It’s estimated that over 16 million Americans struggle with depression, and as many as 2.2 million adults struggle with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). October 7-13 is Mental Illness Awareness Week and this year’s message is all about fighting the stigma associated with mental health.

The 2018 campaign promoted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has been termed “CureStigma.” While NAMI stresses the importance of discussing mental health conditions year-round, this year’s campaign highlights them during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

In 1990, Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)[i] and ever since then, advocates have worked together to educate the public, provide support, and fight the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Did you know that mental health conditions are the leading cause of disability across the United States? Even though most people can be successfully treated, less than half of the adults in the U.S. reach out and seek the help and treatment that they need. Why? Stigma, for one. Some people describe stigma as a feeling of shame or judgment from someone else. [ii] Stigma can create giant hurdles when it comes to reaching out, getting needed support and overall living well.

It’s time to start standing up to the stigma related to mental illness. If you or someone you love is battling mental illness, you’re not alone. ActivMed is seeking patients to take part in clinical studies for both Depression and OCD. Qualified candidates who participate will receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. To learn more and see if you qualify for a depression study at our Methuen, MA location, CLICK HERE. To learn more about OCD studies at our Portsmouth, NH site, CLICK HERE. YOU can help us make a difference today!

[i] https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events

[ii] https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/StigmaFree

 

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September 19, 2018
healthy living expo

We had a great time at Saturday’s Healthy Living Expo at Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill! It was a great day with old and new patients stopping by to say “hello”. Thanks to all who came out to enjoy the great food, massages, and visited our booth to learn more about what we do. We will be notifying the winner of our free Fall-themed gift basket raffle today!

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September 16, 2018

September 2018 marks the 7th annual World Alzheimer’s Month. The international campaign aims to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a term that describes an overall group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.[1]

Currently, there are close to 50 million people worldwide living with dementia. By the year 2050, that number is set to triple.

Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. Come join the ActivMed team as we take the part in both the 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Andover, MA on September 16, 2018 at the Andover Landing at Brickstone Square, and the Seacoast Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 23, 2018 at the Little Harbour School in Portsmouth, NH. Stop by our table and learn about getting involved in the fight to end Alzheimer’s!

Participating in fundraising events is only part of the journey to finding a cure. Volunteers are needed more than ever to help find new treatments and ultimately a cure. ActivMed is currently looking for volunteers to participate in a device research study for Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss at our Methuen, MA and Portsmouth, NH locations. Study-related office visits, tests, and assessments are provided at no cost to those who qualify and participate. Reimbursement for travel expenses is also available for qualified participants.

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of memory loss or has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, contact ActivMed Practices and Research today to learn more about study opportunities that may help.

[1] https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-dementia

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September 13, 2018
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August 28, 2018
Catie

Another successful clothing drive with Catie’s Closet! One of our patients went above and beyond, buying several bags of clothing, shoes, and toiletries for needy children.

She commented, “I can’t imagine a child starting school without new clothes, and since I can’t see my grandson, I bought what I would have bought for him.”

Thank you for your generosity!

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August 24, 2018
MAGI ActivMed

Terry will be speaking at this year’s MAGI Conference in San Diego! Over 700 people (including representatives from over 100 sponsors and CROs) will be in attendance! Click here for more info

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August 23, 2018
Healthy Living Expo Holy Family Hospital

We will be attending the Healthy Living Expo at the Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill on Saturday, September 15! Stop by our booth to say hello and learn more about the exciting things going on at ActivMed!

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