Author: Nikki Boyd

  ***UPDATE*** The May 29th Date has been cancelled due to social distancing guidelines****   Attention All Healthcare Professionals Take the path to becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner Register for the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners’ Training When: October 2nd, 2020 Time: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM Where: ActivMed Practices & Research, Inc 421 Merrimack Street, #204 Methuen, MA 01844       ONE Day Seminar: “Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care” Sign up Today! https://www.alternativesinalzheimerscare.com/shop/5-29-2020-nccdp-alzheimers-disease-and-dementia-care-seminar-methuen/   Go to 10/2/2020, choose the CDP Training Event and follow the link to register After completion of the seminar you will receive your Certificate of Attendance You will have 30 days to apply with NCCDP to receive your Certified Dementia Practitioner Seminar Cost: $225.00 per person Discount price for 3 or more from one organization – contact Tammy for your coupon code to receive group rate of $200.00 per person ($25 discount) NCCDP Credentials Application Cost: $125.00 per person Discount price for 3 or more from one organization is $35.00 per person ($95 discount) 8 hours of continuing education available for: Nurses, Social Workers, Dental Professionals, Clinical Research Coordinators and Activity Professionals Each designation has a different add

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Our friends at the Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley have launched a new Virtual Memory Cafe Series 2020.

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Our friends at the Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley have launched a new Virtual Memory Cafe Series 2020.

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Our friends at the Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley have launched a Virtual Memory Cafe Series for 2020.

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June 1, 2020

An estimated 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia. June is the inaugural commencement of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. The Alzheimer’s Association states that “every person who has a brain is at risk.” This is the perfect time to act and create awareness for this expanding public health crisis. ActivMed is taking action in another way. With over 800 clinical trials completed between four free-standing facilities, our efforts are improving access to care and treatment planning.

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

 

The purpose of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month is to raise awareness about the brain, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias on a global level. June also marks a time to recognize the millions suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementias, along with the caregivers that are so essential in their care. June 20th is the summer solstice as well as the Longest Day fundraiser which raises money towards finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. Anyone can get involved, and currently, most of the activities can be modified to meet social distancing requirements.

ActivMed’s Role in Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Health

ActivMed Practices & Research has partnerships with more than 40 physicians and six major hospitals in greater Boston and Southern New Hampshire. The company has four clinical research offices, providing access to nearly 2.5 million people. Our Lawrence location is set-up within the New England Neurological Associates, offering those with memory loss more options.

ActivMed offers free health screenings for glucose, depression, memory, blood pressure, and pulmonary.

In response to the current social distancing guidelines, ActivMed now offers telehealth memory screens. These brief cognitive assessments can provide insight into one’s cognitive abilities. Although no diagnosis is provided, it can be a tool used for early intervention in the event results warrant it. No insurance is required, and all information is kept confidential.

 

Since 1994, ActivMed Practices & Research, Inc. has conducted studies in the areas of Neurology, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Pain, Nutraceuticals, Vaccines, Medical Devices, and more. ActivMed is also Virtual Trial Capable. Click on the links to learn more about the currently enrolling studies for Alzheimer’s at the Lawrence and Methuen locations.

References:

https://www.alz.org/abam/overview.asp

https://www.seniorlifestyle.com/resources/blog/alzheimers-brain-awareness-month/

http://act.alz.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=156121.0

 

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Our friends at the Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley have launched their Memory Cafe Series for 2020 as a Virtual Zoom Series!

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May 22, 2020

Jon Younger with Assisted Living Locators interviews ActivMed’s Outreach & Events Manager, Laura Rocha. Watch as they discuss Free Memory Screenings and clinical research.

 

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May 20, 2020

 

Today we are celebrating Clinical Trials Day #CTD2020

Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world in May to recognize the day that James Lind started what is often considered the first randomized clinical trial aboard a ship on May 20, 1747. Read more about this innovative approach here.

At ActivMed, we work hard every day helping our community by bringing together researchers who want to explore new medications, treatments, devices, and more, with people who are also looking for better treatments and want to contribute to help future generations.

Thank you to all our wonderful staff, who contribute to moving public health forward!

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May 19, 2020

If you have survived a stroke or heart attack, your chances of having another one are 1 in 4. The good news is, up to 80% can be prevented through managing chronic conditions, and lifestyle modifications. May is American Stroke Month, and the 2020 initiative is “One is Enough” which focuses on preventing another stroke. Not all risk factors are within your control, but for the ones we can control, it is time to make changes, even in the midst of COVID-19.

Chronic Conditions and Stroke Risk

 

 

A stroke happens when a clot or rupture blocks blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients to the brain. This disruption in the flow of these vital nutrients results in the death of brain cells. Depending on the severity of the stroke, and where it occurs in the brain, the resulting damage can vary. Stroke sufferers can have paralysis, speech or language problems, memory loss, and changes in behavior.

Several risk factors increase your risk of stroke. Family history, age, and gender are factors that no one can change. However, managing chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes play a vital role in prevention and reoccurrence. Diabetes and heart disease impairs your body’s ability to effectively transport oxygen and the critical nutrients we mentioned earlier to your brain. By working with your doctor and following their plan to manage these conditions, you can reduce your risk of stroke. Eating a healthy diet, staying active at least 150 minutes a week, and living tobacco-free are some of the lifestyle recommendations the American Stroke Association suggests in addition to the management of chronic conditions.

Hidden Dangers of Stress and the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm, changing life as we knew it. In addition to fears of contracting the virus, many lost their jobs and businesses, creating a financial and emotional strain few have seen before. During these unprecedented times, stress levels have understandably risen. However, continued stress over long periods can increase your risk of developing certain heart diseases such as high blood pressure if not managed. High blood pressure is the number 1 controllable risk factor for stroke.

Know the Signs

The American Stroke Association uses the acronym “FAST” to help recognize the symptoms of a stroke to get immediate medical attention. It may mean the difference between recovery and disability, so knowing the signs is vital:

  • F (Face Drooping)- Does one side of the face droop, or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven or lopsided?
  • A (Arm Weakness)- Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S (Speech)- Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.
  • T (Time to call 9-1-1)- If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

 

ActivMed offers free health screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure, and more. To learn more, visit our website here.

During COVID-19, ActivMed Practices and Research is committed to ensuring the safety of our patients and staff. Click here for our latest COVID-19 facility updates.

References:

https://www.stroke.org/en/life-after-stroke/preventing-another-stroke

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May 7, 2020

CBS Boston interviews ActivMed researcher, Dr. Demetrius Rizos.

Dr. Rizos and his wife, Susan, who is a nurse, have been working on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Rizos has been volunteering at North Central Bronx Hospital, and his wife is working in the ICU at Beverly Hospital. Dr. Rizos has been a researcher with ActivMed for several years, and Nurse Sue has also joined our team in 2019. Thank you Dr. and Nurse Rizos for your selfless love for others!

You can read the article here.

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May 1, 2020

Just a few short months ago we rang in 2020. We all had different expectations for what the year was going to bring, but none of us could have ever imagined how the coronavirus outbreak would have changed life as we knew it. The altered daily routines, social isolation, overall uncertainty, and financial pressures can be overwhelming, especially for those already dealing with mental health issues. Learning some self-care strategies can help when it comes to coping with your mental health during this time. Let’s discuss.

Change can be stressful for anyone. Doing your best to maintain a routine in times like these can help you to stay in the right mindset. Perhaps you are now working from home on a daily basis instead of commuting to the office each day. Designate a work area, get up, shower and get dressed, and keep normal working hours. Doing your work in the same area where you binge-watch your favorite TV shows can be distracting and hard to separate work from home. Even if you’re working with minimal square footage, make sure your workspace and your relaxing space are separate.

Make sure to take care of yourself. It can be tempting to want to lay around and order Chinese take-out while you relax on the sofa all day. Instead, try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. Meditation has been shown to be helpful for a variety of conditions and can be done in the smallest of spaces – even if you’re confined to a studio apartment.

Don’t lose your outside connections. Social distancing doesn’t have to apply to the virtual world! Find the time each day to reach out to friends and family via phone, text, email, FaceTime, etc. There are several apps that allow you to meet up and “hang out” virtually with your friends and family members. You can even host events like book clubs this way or attend art classes or exercise classes.

Don’t be afraid to get help when you need it. When it comes to your mental health, it’s important to be upfront about how you’re doing. Expecting mental health issues to fade on their own can lead to a worsening of symptoms, so it’s key to ask for help when you have concerns. ActivMed offers depression screenings at no cost to you or your insurance. To learn more about requesting a screening appointment, visit https://activmedresearch.com/join-a-trial/free-medical-screening/. Research studies may also be an option. If you or someone you love is experiencing struggles with mental health, research studies may be an option. Participants may see a doctor or medical staff, have access to study drug, and may receive reimbursement for travel. Learn more about current and upcoming studies @ https://activmedresearch.com/join-a-trial/.

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April 8, 2020

Now more than ever, we’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about vaccines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The time it takes to create a vaccine and how effective they are is something we are all interested in.

Here is some important information on vaccines and some things our team thinks you should know.

How do vaccines work?

To better understand how vaccines work, it’s important to know how our body fights off illnesses. When a virus or bacteria enters the body, it attacks and multiplies causing infection. In response, the body uses its tools (i.e. white blood cells, which are our immune fighting cells) to fight off the infection. It can take several days to a week for our body to fight off an infection, but once it does, the immune system remembers what it learned when it comes in contact with that virus or bacteria in the future.

Vaccines work by imitating a virus or bacteria without ever causing the illness. Our immune system responds the same way that it would if we were truly infected, creating the same antibodies that protect us in the future. 

How long does it take to produce and distribute a vaccine?

When it comes to production of a vaccine, we’ve heard some conflicting timelines in the news lately. Typically, when new therapies are developed for any illness, it can take many years for an approval to be received and distributed to the public on a mass scale. This is due to the time it takes to go through all 3 phases of research to ensure the therapy is safe and effective.

Some vaccine trials can happen more quickly with an FDA fast-track status.

Read more about the vaccine approval process here.

How effective are vaccines?

Vaccines are highly effective and safe for the general public. Take measles for example; vaccines were responsible for eliminating the disease back in 2000. As more and more people stopped vaccinating against measles, it made a comeback in 2019 causing over 1000 cases of measles in the US.

The polio vaccine is also another great example. The first vaccine was given in 1955 and by 1979 polio was eradicated from the US, while in other countries, it continues to be a concern.

Vaccines have undoubtedly saved lives and our team is dedicated to helping advance vaccine research, contributing to success stories like measles and polio.

How do I get involved? 

ActivMed Practices & Research, Inc. conducts clinical trials in a multitude of therapeutic areas. To learn more about how you can participate in our enrolling studies or future studies for COVID-19 or other vaccines, please choose the location you prefer.

Methuen, MA

Portsmouth, NH

Beverly, MA

Lawrence, MA

Participants may see a doctor or medical staff, have access to study vaccines or study drug, and may receive reimbursement for travel.

Get involved today and make a difference for generations to come.

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April 1, 2020

The skin is a barrier that protects, warms, and cools our bodies. When there is an issue with the skin like psoriasis, those functions are compromised, leading to overwhelming physical and emotional effects. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, an estimated 20,000 American children under the age of 10 are diagnosed with psoriasis each year. Understanding when those itchy red spots need to be examined by a doctor starts with recognizing some of the common symptoms.

Symptoms

Psoriasis modifies the skin renewal process. Usually, the skin cells will mature and die then shed while new skin cells are made underneath, which takes around three to four weeks. Psoriasis causes the immune system to be activated mistakenly, speeding up the life cycle of the skin cells to three to four days. Rather than falling off, the dead cells build up on the surface of the skin, forming thick, red, scaly patches.

The most common form of psoriasis in children is plaque psoriasis. The patches vary in size, number, and can appear anywhere on the body, but typically occur on areas like the knees, elbows, and scalp. They can also be very itchy and sometimes burn. Dermatologists specialize in skin disorders and are the best option for accurate diagnosis and treatment since there is no specific diagnostic test or tool. The dermatologist will examine the affected areas and may take a sample of it to view under the microscope.

Treatments

Psoriasis treatment depends on the severity, type, and area of skin affected. Untreated psoriasis can lead to plaques that continue to build and spread. Minimizing the scaling, itching, discomfort, and inflammation is the goal of available therapies. Topical treatments such as creams, or shampoos, UV phototherapy, oral medications, and injected biologics are some of the choices.

Finding the best way to manage your child’s psoriasis that has the best effect may take some time or require a combination of available treatments. In most cases, many children can achieve symptom relief with the right medication.

In children where effective psoriasis treatment remains out of reach, clinical research is the key. In order to discover how to prevent, improve treatment of, and eventually cure psoriasis, more work needs to be done through clinical research studies. Volunteers participating in clinical trials are the only way these advances become possible.

To learn more about currently enrolling pediatric psoriasis studies at ActivMed click HERE.

 

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Laughter is Therapy with Sandy Boris certified Laughter Yoga Leader 1 CEU for Nurses and Social Workers Join Stone Hill and Sandy Boris to learn how to incorporate more laughter into everyday activities at this fun and funny workshop. Sandra Borisberkowitz M.Ed., LRC is a Laughter Yoga Leader certified by the Dr. Kataria School of Laughter Yoga. She is also a teacher and a licensed rehabilitation counselor. When: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:00 PM Refreshments | 5:30 PM Presentation Where: Stone Hill at Andover 141 Elm Street | Andover, MA RSVP Here! Join us for a CEU event!  

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March 23, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATES

ActivMed Practices and Research is committed to ensuring the safety of our patients and team. During this time, we are taking additional precaution listed below. If you have any questions, please reach out to the appropriate office.

For Patients:

We are still open for visits; a member of our team will contact you prior to ask about recent illness and travel. As soon as you arrive, your temperature will be taken. If you have a fever, you will be asked to go home and come back once your symptoms have resolved. Per state guidelines, we are asking patients to wear masks when visiting our site. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one to you.

Please reschedule your visit if you

 

For Sponsors:

All on-site monitoring visits are being canceled at this time. We are accommodating remote monitoring, site selection visits, close out visits, etc. Please reach out to us to arrange remote visits.

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March 17, 2020

In 2009-2010 ActivMed Practices & Research participated in clinical research trials for development of vaccines and research for the Swine Flu epidemic.  The new vaccines were successful in slowing and stopping the epidemic.  We are hopeful the same can happen with the current epidemic.

 

Our staff and offices are patiently standing by and awaiting the development and implementation of coronavirus vaccine trials, that could help prevent and stop the spread of this disease.  We will be keeping you updated as we find out more about when these trials will be coming to our local area.

For now stay safe and follow the CDC recommendations.

 

Terry L. Stubbs MA,CCRC,AS,CRQM

President and CEO

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March 16, 2020

Glucose or sugar is an essential source of fuel for your body. Type 2 diabetes affects the way your body metabolizes glucose. It used to be known as adult-onset diabetes. However, in recent years, the number of children diagnosed has risen with childhood obesity rates. As with other chronic conditions, diabetes must be managed appropriately to avoid irreversible issues later in life.

What Causes Diabetes?

Just as glucose is an important source of fuel, insulin is a hormone that helps regulate the movement of sugar into your cells. Insulin is produced in the pancreas gland. In type 2 diabetes, your body is resistant to insulin, or cannot produce enough insulin. Without insulin, too much glucose stays in your blood. If too much is in your blood, it begins to stick to the blood vessels and will eventually impede blood flow.

Many of the complications from diabetes take a while to develop. Heart disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, and eye damage are a few of the conditions diabetics are at risk for. Symptoms include frequent urination, increased thirst and hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision. Being overweight, genetics, and other environmental factors are possible causes.

What Increases Your Risk?

Some individuals will have a predisposition to developing diabetes due to family history or race. Other causes that raise your risks of developing diabetes are:

  • Weight– You do not have to be overweight to develop diabetes but being overweight is a leading risk factor.
  • PCOS– Insulin resistance is a cause of PCOS, so those diagnosed often develop diabetes if not managed.
  • Inactivity– Physical activity helps manage your weight and uses up the glucose as energy allowing your body to use the insulin properly.
  • Gestational Diabetes– Raises your chances of developing diabetes later down the road.

Life with Diabetes

Managing your diabetes involves monitoring your blood sugar levels, eating a diabetic-friendly diet, and keeping active. Individuals may be able to manage their diabetes through diet and exercise, but medications and insulin therapies are available if further intervention is needed.

Diabetes research continues to transform the way this condition is managed for the 1.5 million Americans diagnosed each year. The possibilities for less invasive and more cost-effective options are on the horizon. To learn more about how you can get involved in the diabetes research studies ActivMed is currently conducting at our Methuen, MA location, call (978) 655-7155, or visit us here.

References:

https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes/type-2

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351199

https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/Diabetes-and-Your-Eyes-Heart-Nerves-Feet-and-Kidneys

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Get Your Green On! Pre-Paddy’s Day Party Thursday, March 12 at 4:30 pm Join Brightview Danvers, North Andover, and Wakefield Location: Yard House – 340 Market St., Building 300 | Lynnfield, MA Enjoy specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, mingle with your colleagues, and Brightview as we raise a glass to Ireland’s patron saint. Éirinn go brách! RSVP to our Pre-Paddy Day Event  

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Save the Date for May 7, 2020! We will be hosting our 2nd Healthy Brain event at the historic Music Hall in Methuen! Stay tuned for more information!

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Stop by our table and say “Hi” at the 2020 Billerica Health and Wellness Fair. https://www.facebook.com/events/822459404844701/  

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Join us at this year’s Winning Opportunities for Women Conference at the Blue Ocean Event Center in Salisbury, MA 3/27/2020 from 8-3. Stop by our table to enter our raffle and learn about clinical research! https://www.facebook.com/events/2693011457461811/

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March 6, 2020

ActivMed participated in the 2019 Citizen Scientist Awards program to honor those who have made the valiant effort to participate in clinical research for Alzheimer’s.

The Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation (GAP) created a first-of-its-kind award to celebrate Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial participants. The only way to find treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s is through clinical trials and these volunteers make that research possible. Each participating site submitted nominees for a national award. Here are the national winners.

Citizen Scientist Award Honoree Rochelle Long (OH) received the Cornerstone Award. Watch her inspirational story here!

Citizen Scientist Honoree Barbara Silva received the Catalyst Award.

Our site will be nominating folks again this year, so stay tuned for our 2020 nominees!

To find out more, please contact csa@globalalzplatform.org

 

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 Free Workshop on Dementia Join us for an education workshop to help raise awareness for dementia. Afterwards, there will be a Q&A with our CEO, Terry Stubbs, who will share the work that we do and her personal family experiences with this deadly disease.

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March 1, 2020

Your brain, like your body, goes through change as it ages. As a result, we may not remember things as well as we did before. It may take longer to learn something new and losing things may happen more often. Forgetfulness that goes beyond the occasionally lost keys and inability to remember a name may be a cause for concern. Although some people experience memory issues as a result of treatable conditions, Alzheimer’s-related memory loss gradually gets worse over time. Memory screenings serve as a baseline to evaluate our current memory and how it changes over time. They are also a good way to see what is typical as we age, and what is not.

Why Should I Get a Memory Screen?

It is recommended if you are 65 or older to have your memory assessed yearly; however, if your memory issues concern you at all, talk with your doctor. They can help rule out any treatable conditions or determine if further evaluation is needed for something more serious.

Alzheimer’s symptoms typically begin before people notice since mild to moderate memory issues are typical with aging. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or other forms of mild cognitive impairment helps you educate yourself and your family about the disease, allowing you to begin treatments to manage symptoms.

The National Institute on Aging lists the following as some of the signs of a more serious memory issue:

  • Making poor judgments and decisions a lot of the time
  • Problems taking care of monthly bills
  • Trouble having a conversation
  • Losing track of the date or time of year
  • Misplacing things often and being unable to find them

Free Memory Screening

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is now recommending that everyone get a baseline memory screening, then a yearly follow up memory exam to look for cognitive changes.

ActivMed offers free memory screenings at their Lawrence, Methuen, and Lowell offices for anyone over the age of 50. The memory exam will determine a generalized score from the cognitive assessment—the score aids in identifying if the cognitive decline is reasonable, mild, or moderate. The results are reviewed and signed by a physician, and copies can be given to you or sent to your doctor to evaluate. You can fill out our free memory screen request form here.

 

References:

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/noticing-memory-problems-what-do-next

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/memory-loss/art-20046326

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1123445/

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Have you been interested in learning more about memory loss, but didn’t know where to look? Our presentation on memory loss and dementia might be helpful! Join us on February 20, 2020 at Wood Haven Senior Living in Tewksbury, MA!

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2 February 14, 2020

We had a great turnout for our 2nd training event for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care on February 7th.

Several members of our staff and those in the community, took the path to becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner with Tammy Pozerycki. This one day seminar allows the attendees of the training to earn 8 hours of continuing education and/or apply to the NCCDP for their Certified Dementia Practitioner certificate.

ActivMed has partnered with Tammy from Alternatives in Alzheimer’s Care to host these events in our Methuen Learning Center. This was the second CDP training event, and two more are planned for May and October of this year. Visit our Event Calendar for these and other local events. 

For more information about Tammy Pozerycki and her training seminars email tammy@altalz.com or 508-861-6709

or visit www.alternativesinalzheimerscare.com

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February 11, 2020

Being heart healthy and knowledgeable is so important for your overall well being. Knowing the steps to take to achieve a healthier life style can truly make an impact on someone’s daily life. There is a misconception that heart failure means that the heart completely stops. Heart Failure means that the heart does not pump blood and oxygen throughout the body the way it should. This condition affects affects about 5.7 million people in the U.S. but there is hope.

Heart Healthy Foods 

There are several foods you can eat more of tips for maintaining a healthier heart. Berries, acai and tomatoes are some of the many heart healthy foods to include in your diet. Learn more here.

Exercise 

Think its too late to exercise, especially if you are not used to the routine? Think again! According to the Harvard Heart letter, “even short forms of structured exercise may improve your heart health.” Starting out with walking at least 10 minutes a day can really make a difference, especially if you are new to the routine. Click here to learn more about exercising techniques.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking forward 

There is a lot you can do to maintain a healthy heart. If you are struggling, don’t give up hope. If you would like to know more about how you can check up on the overall status of your health at no cost, learn more about our free screenings here. Our free screenings include checking for blood glucose, depression, memory loss, blood pressure, and pulmonary function. Learn more today!  And remember to schedule regular check-ups with your doctor. If you want to make your doctor happy, keep good records of your vitals or lab numbers, and bring them to your appointments.

 

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Save the Date! Our next session for the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners’ Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care seminar will be February 7th. Attend and receive your Certificate of Attendance, which is the requirement in order to apply to National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners’ to receive your credentials as a Certified Dementia Practitioners. Email questions at lrocha@activmedresearch.com or call 978-655-7155. Our previous session held in our office on Nov. 16th was a success and Tammy P. will continue to partner with ActivMed to offer these training sessions. You can now REGISTER at https://www.alternativesinalzheimerscare.com/shop/2-7-2020-nccdp-alzheimers-disease-and-dementia-care-seminar-methuen-ma/

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Click here to register: https://lnkd.in/eNxRiaf  

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Join us January 21st for a presentation on current medical research trends and treatment for memory loss and dementia.

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2 January 16, 2020

Seasonal Depression 

It’s very common to feel sad during this winter season. Millions of Americans suffer from some form of depression every year. That being said, you are not alone. There are many resources to help including free screenings, therapy, support groups, exercising, and many more. However, admitting that you want help is the first step to living a happier and healthier life.

Statistics 

Most Common Signs And Symptoms of Depression 

  • Loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Fatigue and lack of energy
  • Appetite or weight changes
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, or back pain
  • Recurrent thoughts of suicide
  • Difficulty sleeping, sleep disturbances, and/or having a hard time getting out of bed
  • Difficulty thinking clearly, making decisions, or concentrating
  • Feeling of isolation or wanting to be isolated for long periods of time

 

Possible Treatment Options 

  • Sign up for a clinical trial and/or free screenings for depression
  • Therapy – speaking with a psychologist
  • Medication
  • Exercise (physical and mental), Yoga, Meditation
  • Keeping a journal (writing down your thoughts instead of bottling them up)
  • Write short and long-term goals for yourself
  • Calling a depression hotline if you don’t feel comfortable talking to a therapist
  • Seeking support groups, or talking to someone you feel close to

 

Clinical Research May Be An Option!

As mentioned, participating in a clinical trial is available as a treatment option. The benefits of volunteering for a study include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Helping future and current generations
  • You or your loved one may have access to new treatments, not available to the public
  • Data collected from the results is used to determine whether a new medication or therapy is safe and effective.

ActivMed Practices & Research Inc. is passionate about helping those with depression by conducting clinical trials. If you or someone you know is diagnosed with depression or is not sure whether they have depression learn about these study opportunities and see if you qualify. Click HERE.

 

Looking Forward

Recovery is a slow process, but these treatment options can be very helpful. However, it is not a race, and you shouldn’t put too much pressure on yourself to get better right away. Depression affects people of all ages, races, ethnicity, and backgrounds. Depression can be deceiving in the sense that the people who appear to be “fine” are actually the people who are struggling with it the most. It is also good to help others who suffer from depression as well. Together we can be healthier.

 

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January 13, 2020

We are excited to announce another donation yet again! We donated $1,500 to Pease N Carrots, an organization that holds annual food drives for those in need. We have been supporting them for 4 years now, and we are very grateful to be able to lend a helping hand!

 

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January 10, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ever wondered what a medical screening is and how it could benefit you? Health screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Screening tests can find diseases early, when they’re easier to treat. You can get some screenings in your doctor’s office. Others need special equipment, so you may need to go to a different office or clinic.

Some conditions that are commonly screened for include:

ActivMed Practices & Research Inc provides health screenings at no cost to you.

At ActivMed Practices & Research Inc., we offer free medical screenings for Depression, Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, Memory, and Lungs. Which tests you need depends on your age, your sex, your family history, and whether you have risk factors for certain diseases. After a screening test, ask when you will get the results and whom to talk to about them. Visit our free screenings here.

Memory Screening

Curious as to what to expect from a memory screening? A memory screening can help detect if an additional check-up is needed by a qualified healthcare professional. Interested in learning more? The following article provides more information on memory screenings.

**UPDATE**

We are now able to offer a no contact Telehealth Memory Screening- All information is confidential, following all HIPAA guidelines.

Call us at 978-655-7155 to learn more or request a call online here.

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January 8, 2020

We are excited to announce our collaboration with NENA – New England Neurological Associates. We are  currently enrolling studies in Lawrence, MA for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease. To visit our enrolling studies page, click here. For more information, contact Deepa at 978-992-4212.

ActivMed announces collaboration with NENA

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January 8, 2020

We are excited to announce our $4,000 donation to Emmaus, a local homeless charity in Haverhill, MA. Since 1985, Emmaus has helped over 35,000 children, women, and men out of homelessness and toward permanent housing, jobs, and self-sufficiency. For more information on how you can donate, click here https://lnkd.in/ewHhMkx

 

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December 30, 2019
Health Happenings- Dementia Friendly Methuen

Laura Rocha joins Health Happenings on Methuen TV to discuss Age/Dementia Friendly initiative in Methuen

Local TV show features our Age/Dementia Friendly Methuen initiative

Our Outreach Manager, Laura Rocha recently appeared on the local television show “Health Happenings” for Methuen TV, on a panel discussing our Age/Dementia Friendly Methuen project we have been working on with Methuen Mayor, Jim Jajuga. We will miss him, and look forward to continuing the initiatives with the Mayor-elect Neil Perry.

Watch the discussion here http://archive.methuentv.org/Video/5398

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a dementiafriendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported. In a dementiafriendly community people will be aware of and understand dementia, so that people with dementia can continue to live in the way they want to and in the community they choose.

We have partnered with other key community partners to make this initiative work for the city:

Here’s what we have accomplished so far:

Spring 2019- ActivMed met with Mayor Jim Jajuga to present the idea and address the needs of the community

Summer 2019- Mayor Jajuga and several city officials came to ActivMed to receive Dementia Training from the Alzheimer’s Association

Fall 2019- Focus Group to share ideas and to get feedback directly from the citizens of Methuen

Coming soon in 2020- Training of First Responders!

There is still plenty of work to be done, so stay tuned for more updates!

 

 

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December 29, 2019

 ActivMed’s growth in 2019 has been extraordinary!

2019 is approaching its’ end, and what better way to end it then to recap what has happened at ActivMed Practices & Research, Inc. This year ActivMed turned 25 and what a year of growth it has been! We have accomplished so much and we could not have done it without you!!

This year we are proud to announce the beginning of a new sister company called Allcutis Research!

New sister company logo

Allcutis is the new sister company for ActivMed Practices & Research, focusing on dermatology studies.

Within this company we can conduct all our dermatology trials. Over the years we have conducted studies in a variety of indications and this company will allow us to zero in on the specific dermatology studies. Check out the new website for more specialized info regarding our dermatology side of the business. www.AllcutisResearch.com 

Aside from doing the business of conducting research to help our patients and future generations, we are passionate about being involved in the community! Throughout the year we participated in local charities to benefit needy children, community health fairs and events, like presentations from our CEO, and training for healthcare workers, that help raise awareness of clinical research.

Shades of Hope 2019 – Impact Melanoma:  As sponsors of Impact Melanoma, we were thrilled to spend the evening with others and welcome Dr. Jerome Adams (featured on the left) and his wife Lacy Adams (featured on the right), a melanoma survivor.

 

Walk to End Alzheimer’s- Each year we sponsor and participate in two local Walks to End Alzheimer’s. We want to raise awareness that you can do more than just “walk” to further research, you can volunteer! For those that come out to support their loved ones, we also offer information about getting an annual Memory Screening.

Toy Drive – happens annually around December, and newly unwrapped gifts are collected for the children of the Boys and Girls Club in need.

 

 

 

Clothing Drive (Catie’s Closet)- Each year we take donations for this local charity that helps students start the school year with new clothes.

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions 

We have partnered to host a National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners’ Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care seminar.

  • Our first training was held November 16th, 2019.
    • Three of our employees, Karina, Laura, and Jennifer attended the training and are now eligible to receive certification.
  • Save the Date in order to take the path to becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner
    • Our next training is happening on February 7th, 2020!
    • Attend and receive your Certificate of Attendance, which is the requirement in order to apply to National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners’ to receive your credentials as a Certified Dementia Practitioners.

  • Citizens Scientists Awards Ceremony – An afternoon tea was held to recognize our Citizen Scientist Award nominees on June 20, 2019. This is a Global Alzheimer’s Platform Foundation initiative that we are proud to be a part of. More awareness of clinical trials is needed, and what better way than to celebrate those who are willing to participate?!

Global Alzheimer's Platform Foundation GAP

Recipients with our study coordinators Deepa (far left), and Alfa (far right) 

Studies and Free Health Screenings 

We continue to be a sought- after site for many pharmaceutical companies, both locally and on a global level, for a variety of indications. Some of the studies we enrolled and continue to enroll in our Methuen, MA office include Diabetes, Depression, and Memory. Our Portsmouth and Beverly offices focus on dermatology studies like psoriasis and eczema. For a complete list of our studies, visit, https://activmedresearch.com/join-a-trial/ Participation is free of charge is you qualify.

We also offer Free health screenings to the community to help encourage people to be pro-active about their health! Our screenings are simple assessments that include Depression, Memory, Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, and Lung Function. Click here to sign up for your appointment today!

The future is bright for 2020 and we have many more growth projects on the horizon!!

 

 

 

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December 15, 2019

Why participate in clinical research?

We interviewed a research volunteer to hear what he had to say about participating in a clinical research study.

Interview with a Research Participant

In clinical research, there is still a need to increase awareness of clinical trials being conducted locally. We offer people the ability to participate in research without having to go to Boston or big hospitals. So we wanted to interview a research participant in one of our studies to give a first-hand account of what being a participant looks like. We sat down with Mr. M to see what he has to say about being in a study here at ActivMed.

1. Why did you choose to participate?

 “A number of reasons. Number 1: What I go through helps everyone. Number 2: Money. My wife and I live on a fixed income and the money I receive from participating does help. Number #3: I’m doing it for myself as well. I’m focusing on having good health, which always helps me to continue doing what I love. 

2. What did you expect research would be like?

“I was hoping it would show me improvement on what I have. I was hoping it would help. The research staff were what I expected, and friendly. 

3. How did you feel emotionally by participating?

“Felt comfortable. These are professional people and it gave me the confidence to trust that they knew what they were doing.”

4. Is there anything that surprised you?

“I came to the study with an open mind.”

5. If you could share something with someone participating in a study for the first time, what would it be?

“If you have the problems I have, do it! I could have or could have not been given a placebo. What matters is that the information collected will help somebody else.” 

We are so thankful that Mr. M allowed us to ask him some questions about his participation. *Due to privacy requirements, we cannot share his full name.

Participating in a clinical research study is a personal choice!

If you have questions and aren’t sure who to ask, check out our FAQ section here to learn more. Your PCP is a great resource to see if a clinical research study is a good fit for you based on your medical history.

If you would like to know more, you can always call us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Methuen, MA  978-655-7155

Beverly, MA 978-969-6897

Portsmouth, NH 603-319-8863

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MEMORY CAFE CONVERSATION | REFRESHMENTS | ACTIVITIES | FUN *Brought to you by: Right at Home- In Home Care & Assistance, Boston and North Second Tuesday of the Month 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm St Andrew’s Episcopal Church 135 Lafayette Street | Marblehead, MA 01945 Fall Series Sept-Dec 2019: Sept 10th, 2019 Oct 8th, 2019 Nov 12th, 2019 Dec 10th, 2019 A Memory Cafe is a welcoming and safe place for people with forgetfulness or other changes in their thinking and for their family and friends to come together. Each Memory Cafe is unique. Some cafe’s invite guest artists, some offer education about memory changes, and some are just for relaxing and chatting. All cafe’s share these goals: To help guests feel comfortable and know they are not alone. Cafes are a place to talk with others who understand what you are going through, to leave behind limitations and instead focus on strengths. In addition, cafes are a place to enjoy each other’s company, and to explore something new. Please note, persons who require personal assistance must be accompanied by a caregiver. For a list of memory cafe’s, please visit www.jfcsboston.org/ MemoryCafeDirectory CONTACT INFORMATION: To RSVP and for volunteer opportunities, contact Celeste Begley P: 781.548.0017 E: cbegley@rightathomemass.com

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November 26, 2019

It was an honor to have attended Shapes of Hope 2019 to celebrate Impact Melanoma’s 20th Anniversary!! it was an amazing party and we were thrilled to welcome U.S. Surgeon General VADM Jerome Adams, MD and his wife and melanoma survivor Lacey Adams!

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November 25, 2019

Participating in a pediatric research study

It is the responsibility of those conducting clinical research to ensure the safety and confidentiality of their participants. Participating in a study is not as intimidating as it may sound. If anything you might find that participating in a study is quite simple and less nerve-wracking than going for that annual check-up. Our children deserve the best care available, and if current treatment options to any conditions they are experiencing are not enough, then looking to clinical trials might be beneficial!

Some of the benefits of enrolling your child in a study include the following:

  • To obtain education about treatment/improving child’s health 
  • To advance medicine or science 
  • To help other kids with the condition 
  • To obtain free medication for your child  

What does participating in a study involve?

At ActivMed, participating in a research study is very similar to a regular doctor appointment. Our convenient locations allow you to participate in research without traveling to Boston or a hospital. When you choose to  participate in research you are under the care of a doctor, who will monitor your child’s health very closely through regularly scheduled visits, labs, questionnaires, and other methods.

All participation in a research study requires an informed consent to be carefully read and considered by the participant. This document outlines every detail of the study; all the visits and what medical labs, procedures, and medications are involved.

The future of our children and their health are what we consider to be a major priority. Why not help them participate in a study that is no cost to you or your insurance, and can potentially lead to treatments to conditions?

ActivMed Practices and Research Inc. is now enrolling studies for our pediatric psoriasis trials in Portsmouth, NH. Learn more here. For our pediatric eczema trial in Portsmouth, NH click here. To find out more about our Beverly, MA pediatric psoriasis trial click here. 🙂

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November 18, 2019

Having to deal with Type 2 Diabetes is not pleasant, especially during the holidays when you are surrounded by sweets and abundant amounts of food. Self-control is expected but it’s not as easy as it seems. Here are 5 tips to help you stay healthy while you celebrate. These tips are suggested by Steven Rothschild, MD. He is a family medicine doctor and the founder of Rush University Family Physicians. 

1. Lighten up holiday recipes

Reducing the amount of sugar and carbohydrates, like white flour, white rice and other processed grains, in your meal may be helpful. Trim the amount of fat in baking recipes. For instance, if a recipe suggests using oil, use half that amount and replace it with something else such as unsweetened apple sauce.

2. Let the plate be your guide when making choices

Keeping an eye out on the amount of food you eat is helpful because eating too much can affect your blood sugar levels. An interesting measurement to keep in mind for your lean meat portion is that it be about the size of a deck of cards. Carbohydrate servings , such as pasta or rice, should be equal to the size of a fist.

An easy strategy for portion control is to think of your plate being cut into four sections:

  • Lean protein — should take up one quarter of your plate
  • Carbohydrates (such as grains, pasta and some vegetables like potatoes and corn) — should occupy another quarter of your plate
  • Green vegetables and other non-starch vegetables (such as salads, broccoli, green beans, carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, etc.) — should take up the remaining half your plate. Just make sure not to cook those veggies in oil or butter, or drown them in heavy dressings, dips or sauces.

And make mindful choices when preparing your plate.

Pick your favorite high carbohydrate or high fat food and have a reasonable serving of that, but then cut back in other areas. For example, you could decide that you’d like to have a serving of sweet potatoes instead of a serving of bread or mashed potatoes. So you’re substituting one carbohydrate for another, not eating both.

3. Exercising

Going out for at least 30 minutes a day can be very beneficial. It can improve blood sugars, decrease the risk of heart disease, and help you lose weight. Although, realistically, it’s difficult to exercise 30 minutes a day especially if you aren’t used to the routine. If you start doing some at home exercises more frequently or joining a program, it might be easier to continue in the log run. If you find yourself tied up during the holidays to exercise, try doing a 15 minute workout or three 10-minute stints a few times per week.

4. Managing Stress

Experiencing stress during the holidays is normal, but can be managed with patience, relaxing activities such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises.

5. Try to quit smoking

If you are a frequent smoker, try to make your new years resolution to quit. While smoking is bad for everyone’s health, it is especially harmful for people with diabetes. Nicotine in cigarette smoke causes large and small blood vessels to harden and narrow, resulting in reduced blood flow to the rest of your body.

These tips aren’t just for diabetics — they’re good advice for anyone who’s trying to lead a healthier lifestyle and prevent serious health problems, including diabetes, down the road. It’s important to start taking steps now to keep yourself and your family healthy for life.

 

 

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It was an honor to have attended Shapes of Hope 2019 to celebrate Impact Melanoma’s 20th Anniversary!! It was an amazing party with much excitement and we were very excited to welcome the U.S. Surgeon general VADM Jerome Adams, MD and his wife and melanoma survivor Lacey Adams!

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