Category: Events

October 1, 2020
National health education week blog, chalkboard

Every 3rd week in October, National Health Education Week kicks off. Ran by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), the events are focused on increasing national awareness on major public health issues. They also work to promote a better understanding of the role of health care. ActivMed shares this passion through our community education events that increase public awareness about clinical research studies. In spite of many events having been canceled in the wake of the 2020 social distancing requirements, indeed, we remain open and focused on education efforts. 

Free Health Screenings

baseline memory screen, group of people, community

ActivMed proudly offers several free screenings that will help you take the actions necessary to live a healthier life. These include:

  • Blood Glucose– The test is used to evaluate if your blood sugar levels are in a healthy range. 
  • Depression– This simple survey is used to assess if you are suffering from depression. Then, we can determine what resources might be available.
  • Baseline Memory Screening– The screening determines any changes to your memory. Also, the screen can see if there may be an existing health issue that may need attention.
  • Blood Pressure– Will look for any ongoing heart disease or other heart-related conditions. 
  • Pulmonary Screening– Will evaluate how well the lungs are working. 

Dementia Resources

Not all dementia-related memory issues are caused by Alzheimer’s. That’s why we have put together resources for the community. This is in addition to our free baseline memory screening here at ActivMed. Learn more about accessing and using Medicare Part A benefits, treatment options for dementia. You can also watch our resources presentation through our YouTube channel.

Clinical Research Studies

Research studies, research volunteer, doctor talking to patient

ActivMed, along with its four free-standing clinical research sites, have completed over 800 clinical research studies with associated private practices. Research studies and the volunteers who participate in them help advance how we detect, treat, and prevent major public health issues. Often, volunteers learn more about their condition, receive payment for time and travel, and obtain diagnostic tests and care at no charge. All while helping to advance medicine. 

To learn more about how you can participate in one of the free screenings, research, or other events, visit our website.

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August 26, 2020

Resources for Dementia- You are not alone

ActivMed and several community partners discuss no cost memory screenings, recent changes to Medicare benefits, physical therapy, and more.

Importance of Memory Screenings

Each year an annual check-up will review your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, but why not memory?

A memory screening is a simple and safe evaluation with a trained professional to check memory and thinking skills.

A baseline memory screening will be able to provide your physician with information to help monitor changes in memory over time. Early detection can allow you to work with your doctor and make lifestyle changes or develop treatment plans.

Not all dementia is caused by Alzheimer’ disease. A memory screening may help to discover underlying medical conditions that could be contributing to memory decline.

ActivMed Practices & Research offers baseline memory screenings to the community at no cost. It is recommended that anyone over 55 get screened annually.

Learn more here, or call 978-655-7155.

Dementia Care Resources and Support in the Home

Accessing and Utilizing Medicare Part A Benefits- Jennifer with Elara Caring

There have been some recent changes in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services due to COVID-19. Previously “homebound” statuses were strict. Due to COVID-19, they have been changed, increasing access to more home health benefits. Telehealth visits are also approved as an option.

Elara Caring has been working on assessing the needs of patients. Creating best practices for the dementia patients is also a goal. One important initiative is assessing the safety needs of patient. Keeping patients out of the hospital in the COVID-19 environment as much as possible is important.

Falling is a common safety risk for seniors.

  • 1 in 4 adults over 65 fall each year
  • 1 in 3 who fall, suffer an injury
  • Of those who fall, 1 in 4 die as a result of their fall injury
  • 1 in 2 seniors who fall, will fall again

Families and senior care facilities should have conversations on the types of care needed and advance care planning. There should also be plans in place for Hospice and palliative care. Elara has Dementia Certified Staff who can help with these uncomfortable conversations. These staff are able to help determine when a patient becomes eligible for the hospice medicare benefit.

Dementia: How Therapy Can Help- Nancy VanBenschoten, Arete Rehab

Therapy can provide treatment interventions throughout the stages of dementia to help individuals maximize their qualify of life and lower risk of falls. Various types of therapies can also help those with dementia maintain independence.

Providing education and support for the family, care providers, clients, and promoting the person’s strengths will ensure that those with dementia and their caregivers have the support needed to live life to the fullest.

Nancy VanBenschoten

Regular exercise and physical therapy can help reduce risk of falls, by helping with balance and gait.

Occupational therapy helps promote wellness and health. While these physical therapies may not reduce cognitive decline, they may help patients to be able to maintain independence. By maintaining strength and range of motion, patients can continue with their daily habits.

Speech therapy can also assist those with dementia and caregivers alike. By providing tools and strategies, therapy can help improve communication.

“Therapy is available through VNA services as well as Medicare Part B providers. “We always recommend if they can get a Part A provider, that gives them a longer time with therapy, and then upon discharge, a person can take on a Medicare Part B provider.” says Nancy. It gives caregivers other options for care that are covered by their health insurance.

In the current environment of COVID-19, all home health service providers and patients should be following all safety guidelines.

The Senior Gems® Program- Stages of Dementia

Senior Helpers uses a unique approach to caring for those with dementia. The Senior Gems approach was designed by Teepa Snow, an occupational therapist and partner of Senior Helpers. The program is a method for identifying characteristics of normal aging through late stage dementia.

Based on the Allen Cognitive Disability Theory, the gems are used to focus on what people can do, not their limitations. The six levels, or gems, range from Level 6- Sapphire- not having dementia, but experiencing memory loss, to Level 1- Pearl, which is the end-of-life phase.

By using the gems to categorize a person’s abilities and stage, Senior Helpers are able to provide the best care possible.

You can learn more about the stages of the Senior Gems program here.

Thank you to all the speakers for sharing their time and knowledge.

Check out the entire presentation and the Q&A session at the end.

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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 become 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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November 26, 2019

It was an honor to have attended Shades 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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September 20, 2019

We are so excited to announce that we will be hosting an Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care one-day seminar with Tammy Pozerycki.

November 16, 2019 7:30am- 4:30pmTammy created Alternatives in Alzheimer’s Care to educate, teach, and inspire personal and professional caregivers. Having personal experience with a loved one with Alzheimer’s, Tammy is passionate about helping others invest in themselves and their staff through education programs.

We will be hosting a seminar for those interested in becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner. 8 hours of continuing education credits are available for: nurses, social workers, dental professionals, and activity professionals (see online registration for cost).

Check out our Calendar Events page for additional information.

 

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June 25, 2019

CatiesCloset Clothing Drive

WE’RE HOSTING A CLOTHING DRIVE

FOR  KIDS  PREK-12 LIVING  IN POVERTY

August 1 – August 28

URGENT NEEDS:
Youth Clothing size 2 – 20 : jeans , sweats , sweatshirts , tees Youth Toiletries: body wash, shampoo, toothpaste
Youth & Teen New Socks & Underwear

Donations will be collected in the lobby of our Methuen, Beverly, and Portsmouth locations

Catie’s Closet is a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids go to school & stay in school. With the help of donors, clothing and toiletries are provided at no-charge within 80 schools in MA & NH, including Boston.

WWW.CATIESCLOSET.ORG | EID: 27 – 2531953

 

CONTACT: CHRISTINE MCINTOSH

CMCINTOSH@ACTIVMEDRESEARCH. COM

 

 

https://www.catiescloset.org/

 

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June 21, 2019

 

We held an afternoon Tea to recognize our Citizen Scientist Award nominees on June 20, 2019.

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.

As a GAP-Net site we have submitted two nominations for the Citizen Scientists® award. From all the nominations across the U.S. and Canada, three selected winners will be recognized at the annual UsAgainstAlzheimer’s National Summit in Washington, DC, held in the October.

The Mayor of the City of Methuen, MA, Jim Jajuga, joined us to celebrate these nominees and to present his own Mayor Citation, in recognition of their participation. 

Mayor Jajuga also spoke about the partnership between the city of Methuen and ActivMed. We are working together to make Methuen, Dementia Friendly and Age Friendly.

Congratulations to Robert Brown and Sharon Sundberg on being chosen for this award! We commend your efforts to support local research and participate in a trial. 

Robert Brown was nominated for the Champion award. By participating in the Walks to End Alzheimer’s and working with Veterans in the community, he is bringing awareness to the community. He and his wife always have a smile and a joke ready, and have become part of the ActivMed family.

Sharon Sundberg was nominated for the Cornerstone award. Sharon has made extraordinary efforts to participate, traveling nearly three hours to our site for each visit! Her goal is to help future generations through her participation.

Thank you both for your commitment and participation from all of us at ActivMed!

 

Global Alzheimer's Platform Foundation GAP

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June 17, 2019

We had a great time at the Andover Bike Rodeo & Community Wellness Fair.

The kids learned bike safety, and parents learned about various health topics.

Laura & Karina from our Methuen site helped raise awareness about clinical research and helped people sign up for Free Health Screens.

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May 23, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teepa Snow, an occupational therapist with forty years of clinical practice experience, is one of the world’s leading educators on dementia and the care that accompanies it. In 2005, she founded Positive Approach@to Care (PAC), a company that provides dementia care training, services and products around the world.

Friday, June 7th

Best Western Inn & Conference Center 815 Lafayette Road, Hampton, N.H.

 

Senior Helpers and Community Partners Session

“Sorting out the Three D’s: Delirium, Depression and Dementia”

9:00am – 10:30am

Community Partners Session

“Using a Positive Approach to Care”

11:00am – 12:00pm

Community Partners and Members Session

“Navigating the Journey of Dementia”

2:00pm — 4:00pm

 

Register Today

https://www.eventbrite.cqm/e/a-daywith-teepa-snow-june-7-2Q19-registration-5901741267?discount=CMTY

MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE,

NO DAY-OF REGISTRATION

Sponsored by Senior Helpers®

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May 22, 2019

Do you have – trouble coming up with a word or a name? – trouble remembering important dates or events? – trouble recalling what you just read? – Problems losing or misplacing things? If you said “yes” to any of the above, consider having a FREE, confidential memory screening

ActivMed will be on-site at the

Salisbury Senior Center offering

Free Memory Screenings

July 31st 10am – 2pm

43 Lafayette Road

Salisbury, MA 01952

978.462.2412

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May 22, 2019

Our CEO, Terr Stubbs, will be speaking at the Andover Rotary Club  June 28, 2019 at the Lanam Club- Andover

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ActivMed Practices & Research, Inc.
CEO and President

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May 21, 2019

June 4, 2019

Our CEO, Terry Stubbs, will be speaking at Wingate Healthcare in Haverhill, MA

 

 

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April 22, 2019

ActivMed partnered with the Pentucket Players during their production of Mamma Mia! by providing free tickets to 75 area seniors.
Our CEO, Terry Stubbs was able to get a few minutes on stage and speak about Brain Health
and the importance of getting a Memory Screening

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April 18, 2019

Our CEO, Terry Stubbs will be speaking at this year’s MAGI Clinical Research Conference 2019- East

May 5-8 in Boston, MA at the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

The conference will have:

100+ session and workshops in six tracks: clinical operations & project management, site management, regulatory compliance, contracts, budgets & billing, and special topics.

240+ speakers with diverse expertise and backgrounds.

22+ continuing education contact hours (CME, CNE, CCB, other)

Model Agreements & Guidelines International (MAGI) is streamlining clinical research by standardizing best practices for clinical operations, business and regulatory compliance.

ActivMed Practices & Research, Inc. is a proud MAGI Blue Ribbon Site- Chapter Member

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April 18, 2019

Please Join Us!

Enjoy entertainment by local musicians, including organist Scott Ness and Mark Menery singing the best of Frank Sinatra. You will also learn how and why to keep your brain healthy and how you can participate in dementia research happening in our community.

Opportunities to ask questions and sign-up for a free memory screen will be available. Join us at the historic Methuen Memorial Music Hall for a night of music, song, and learning.

Lite refreshments will be served. Free parking available!

This event is free, but requires registration.

Please click here to register!

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