RESEARCH

As part of our vision to remain ahead of the times by focusing on innovative and new techniques in care and in technology, Memory & Company establishes relationships globally to give and take, and share and contribute to the dementia knowledge-base.

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London School of Economics researcher choses Memory & Company as model for the future of dementia care.

In the UK, researchers have been looking at the economic impact dementia care will have on their government, and therefore their tax-payers. But projecting an outcome based on the way things are is only half the work. It’s like having a problem without a solution.

Researcher for The London School of Economics and Political Science – LSE, Adelina Comas-Herrera, stated that it made no sense to provide a solution with the way things are. It made more sense to project based on a future, ideal model. With the help of social media, she found that their future model was in fact in the present.  In May, 2015, Adelina Comas-Herrera travelled to Canada to study Memory & Company.

The modelling project, MODEM (Modelling Outcome and cost impacts of interventions for DEMentia) will now project to the UK government, with a Canadian grown solution, Memory & Company.

We are humbled and honoured that Memory & Company was identified as a model of how the future of dementia care should be. And we are proud as Canadians to be a small part in changing the way we care for people with dementia.

To read Adelina Comas-Herrera’s LSE blog about Memory & Company, click here.

To read Margaret Dangoor’s LSE blog about Memory & Company, click here.

“This is very much a place where you’d like to spend a day whether you have dementia or not, which is very much the point.”

“How great it would be if (Memory & Company) in Canada was to influence the future provision of day care in England.”

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York University and Memory & Company partners on app that trains the brain to learn again.

Researchers from York University’s Neuro Sciences Department are currently developing an app that re-trains the brain to get from point A, to point B, via a new path.

Named BrDI, the app helps train the brain of people living with cognitive disabilities to accomplish a task in a new way, by by-passing portions of their brain that is either diseased or injured, and allowing different parts of the brain to communicate where it hadn’t before.

The pilot project of this neuropasticity study is now in its second phase.  It has already shown successes in slowing the progression of the disease, and in some cases, improving cognitive abilities.

For more information on York University, click here.  For Global News Toronto’s coverage of BrDI, watch here.

UPDATE – The main findings has concluded that:

  • 80% of our Members who participated in the study improved their cognitive functioning,
  • 60% improved their daily life functioning according to their caregivers,
  • 100% showed an overall improvement in “thinking-while-moving” tasks.

The study started with an assessment on the Dementia Rating Scale (DRS), Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), Disability Assessment for Dementia (DAD) and Brain Dysfunction Indicator (BrDI). Following 16-weeks of visuomotor training and Memory & Company day programming, the participants were tested again.

We wish to thank Dr. Casper de Boer and Dr. Lauren E. Sergio of York University’s Department of Neurosciences – School of Kinesiology & Health Sciences; and our Members and families who, by participating, are helping to improve the future of those living with memory loss.

For CBC Toronto’s News coverage of the results, read here, or watch here at the 26 minute mark.

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Baycrest, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Memory & Company partners on app to tap into the power of art.

Baycrest and the Art Gallery of Ontario are in the process of developing an art therapy app.

Tapping into the power of art, unique pieces will cause stimulation and raise conversation to the app user.

Recognized for our innovation and best approach to people with dementia, Memory & Company’s was chosen to provide consultation for the development and the piloting of the app.

For more information on Baycrest, click here, or AGO, click here.

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Alzheimer Society of Toronto choses Memory & Company to partner for Minds in Motion.

Minds in Motion is a physical activity and brain stimulation program for people with dementia and their care partners.

The two-year pilot project, spearheaded by Alzheimer Society Ontario, is funded by the Ontario Brain Institute, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Government of Ontario.

For more information on Minds in Motion, click here.

THIS.  IS.  BRILLIANT.

“They’re about to rock the face of #dementia care.”

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Memory & Company represents Team Canada in “Road Worlds for Elderly”

Road Worlds for Elderly

In partnership with the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale), Motitech is bringing Seniors Homes around the globe in a virtual cycling marathon.  On Saturday, September 30, 2017, when the cyclists of the Road Worlds Championship crossed the finish line in Bergen Norway, over a thousand seniors crossed the finish line, virtually, with them.

Memory & Company is proud to have represented team Canada in this inaugural Road Worlds for Elderly.

For CTV News Toronto’s coverage of this event, watch here.

About Motitech

Ride around the world in the comfort of your own home.

With the goal of motivating seniors to stay active, Motitech AG of Norway, has developed a system that incorporates stationary pedal machines and videos.

People can either pedal by foot or hand, while virtually cycling through streets across the world.

For more on Motitech, click here.

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University of Toronto and Memory & Company brings science of working out with music to treat memory loss in Neurologic Music Therapy clinic.

The University of Toronto and Memory & Company have teamed up to beat memory loss with beats and neurologic music therapy.

It has been found that people rehabilitating from plegias have had great success when training with neurologic music therapy. After all, haven’t you found you can run longer and faster when listening to a great, motivating song?

Dr. Coreen Hurt-Thault, assistant professor and research associate at University of Toronto, is internationally recognized for her clinical expertise in evidence-based practice of Neurologic Music Therapy.

Using the therapy she has applied to populations including stroke, Parkinson’s disease, brain injury, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and autism to name a few, Dr. Hurt-Thault will now be applying the therapy to people living with memory loss to improve executive control, attention skills, and memory strategies.

For more information on University of Toronto, click here.

Community Area Silver Alert Program (ASAP)

Crowd-source a search-party.

Silver Alerts, similar to Amber Alerts, notify the public when a someone goes missing.  But when it’s reported that 60% of the population with dementia will go missing at least once (alz.org), that’s a lot of Silver Alerts.

With Community Area Silver Alert Program (Community ASAP), when someone living with dementia goes missing, the app user can choose, 1. whether or not they want to be notified, and if they do; 2. to be notified by proximity to the app user.

Memory & Company not only supports this project, but is using its established connection with local police services to get them on board.

Community ASAP is a University of Alberta research project, with national partner supports through Age-Well.

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Powered by Apple.  Designed by Memory & Company.

re:Member is Memory & Company’s own Member Management App, designed by the creators of Memory & Company.

With the re:Member app, Members can be checked-in and out, have services booked, and have access to their playlist of favourite music, videos, and photos.  From the moment a Member arrives, we can recall their preference in how they take their coffee, to recent events in their lives, to recent health/dietary issues we need to be aware about, just to name a few.

In the next phase of development, Care Partners and medical professionals will be able to securely view notes and pictures of the person they care for on their computer or device, in live-time, from anywhere.

The Memory & Company re:Member app is free to all Members and Care Partners.

re:Member is TM of Memory & Company.  Apple is TM of Apple Inc.
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Will driverless cars help people living with memory loss?

Memory & Company and Alzheimer Society Toronto Autopilot research coming soon.