I wanted to send you a note that you will, hopefully, share […] about the amazing success I have had with one of my clients.
Our client, “K” is a widowed 85 year old wonderful lady. I met her in January and we began the AMM brain training. She has a wonderfully supportive daughter that is always trying to find ways to make her mom’s life more fulfilling everyday. K’s daughter and her caregivers had noticed she had been deteriorating in the few months before we began the AMM. She was becoming more anxious when alone and much more forgetful. In the time we have been working together, K moved from her independent living space into a facility that allows her more support, provides her meals and on-site medical attention when needed, but still allows her her independence in everyday living. This was a huge adjustment for K and has caused her a great deal of stress. She has exhibited some signs of depression due to the change, and, understandably, it has taken a toll on her. Everyday is a new day and with everyone’s support and understanding, K is working on accepting and making the best of the changes in her life.
In all the chaos of K’s move and major changes in her life, her and I have been continuing the AMM twice weekly and she has been very receptive to my visits, she has shared a lot of her life stories with me over the process and we have formed some great new memories as well. What is most significant to me is that last week we completed our first eight weeks and I sat down with her to administer the second DSAT. Her results were outstanding. On January 19th, K scored an 11 out of 30. On March 24th, she scored 16 out of 30!!!
Especially given all the stressors in her life and her emotional state, this increase to me is phenomenal. AND she is happy about it. She is pleased with herself and that is what matters!
I can hardly wait to see her results as we continue on this journey and she is able to work with booklets personalized to her many interests.
I just wanted to share a success story with you and say Thanks for helping us at
Nurse Next Door to “make lives better”
Date: April 1, 2011
An appreciation of the Ashby Memory Method.
During 2009, my sister-in-law visited the Cedar Unit at Ashford Hospital for a series of tests including the Mini Mental State Examination. Her score then was 27 buy by July 2010 it had dropped to 18.
In the Autumn of the same year she was fortunate to start the Ashby Memory Method programme in a desperate effort to slow her rapid decline into deeper dementia.
She was recently re-tested by a nurse from Ashford Hospital and her latest score on the MMSE showed an increase in three whole points to 21. I truly did not expect an improvement in her mental capacities and consider this unexpected and brilliant result to be directly attributable to the AMM and the skill and dedication of the practitioner.
Thank you so much.
Date: March 17, 2011
The Ashby Memory Method has become a godsend to my sister-in-law who suffers from moderate dementia. She has enjoyed hourly one-on-one sessions twice a week, with an intuitive and highly skilled practitioner who has provided quality conversation and much needed mental stimulation with a series of progressive memory exercises and activities. After three months the results are impressive and encouraging.
AMM will not cure the condition but hopefully it will slow the decline and allow the client to regain fluent speech patterns and become more socially interactive as confidence returns. It is a positive aid to enhance quality of life, eliminating anxiety and depression.
I would whole heartedly recommend the Ashby Memory Method to anyone suffering early memory loss.
— Vivian F.
Date: March 17, 2011
We have a stroke client currently using the program. Her first MMSE score was a 20 and her last one after the First 8 Weeks was a 24!
Date of Posting: 01 October 2010
Posted By: Anonymous A
My Father tells me he enjoys meeting with you very much. He considers himself “being interviewed” and is somewhat confused as to what exactly this is all for. I have explained to him that this is brain exercise for his memory and he seems quite satisfied with that explanation. He knows you are recording information and keeps on asking if you are writing a book. When I tell him it is a book about his life, he is quite tickled and laughs with delight. My impression is that although his understanding is limited as to the real intent of AMM, he is very pleased at receiving this kind of attention.
Date of Posting: 20 July 2010
Posted By: J H
Mrs. H has just blossomed since we started. She is able to focus more, wants to participate, and has a great time. Mrs. H related to me that I am fun to be around, and likes how we all laugh so much. Yesterday, when we all were learning about the origins of cats, Mrs. H’s concentration level was amazing. Many times, she was able to give the answer first. Keep in mind, I was reading the information; she did not look at the clue, but got the answer. As we do these modules I ask questions, which leads to reminiscing, and their insight.
Date of Posting: 15 July 2010
Posted By: A K
Date of Posting: 08 June 2010
Posted By: shivanshu patel
Mr. K. has really opened up. He laughs a lot, and enjoys discussing articles we read in the paper. Mrs. K loves to dance, and when she asks Mr. K, now he agrees. Mrs. K says has he hasn’t done that in a long time.
Date of Posting: 21 May 2010
Posted By: Carrie R.
Our care company, Signature Care has been using the AMM program for several years now. It has been a blessing for so many of our dementia and brain injury clients. Our caregivers notice the way the program seems to help and the families we work with tell us that they see a big difference in their loved ones!
Date of Posting: 06 May 2010
Posted By: Sue Bessant
Mrs. H has blossomed since we started. She is able to focus more, wants to participate, and has a great time. As we work through the AMM modules, her concentration and insight have improved tremendously!
Date of Posting: 03 April 2010
Posted By: Mark T.
I wanted to give you some very positive news about my father. He scored 23 again on his test, without the Doctor (cognitive specialist) knowing anything about the work he is doing with you. When the Doctor came in to see me, I told him about your work and he is extremely interested in knowing more about it and meeting you.
Date of Posting: 30 November 2009
Posted By: J H
We’ve noticed a big difference, and so has our caregiver. Mrs. P shows more interest in her daily routine, and in conversation. With the election coming up, we’ve been talking politics again.
Date of Posting: 06 October 2009
Posted By: Shane E.
My Dad laughs more often, and he really enjoys our conversations. He still has issues, but he’s much less anxious… and much more my Dad.
Date of Posting: 03 August 2009
Posted By: Joan H.
When I first met Mrs. B, she did not want to share her Life History, wasn’t sure she could do the word finds, and worried about getting the right answer. Mrs. B’s worries about her memory loss have caused her so much anxiety. I have given her information about mild cognitive impairment, normal memory loss and dementia. As well, I have discussed the differences with her. Mrs. B has mastered the word finds, and does really well with the modules. I feel very privileged that she now has started sharing her Life Story with me.
Date of Posting: 20 June 2009
Posted By: Anonymous N
We now have 8 clients working on the program. I was contacted by a woman who had worked as the support facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Resource Centre for 8.5 years, she wanted to work for our company and has come on board as our “Brain Trainer”. She can’t get over our approach and dedication to Dementia care and is our own advertising vehicle! We are reaching a whole new market as we also promote it to people who want to maintain a healthy brain. I have had Dr’s look at it, Alzheimer Drug Reps look at it and all KNOW this is a fabulous program. Our first client could not or did not have the confidence to perform a mini-mental exam a month ago, let alone know the date, where she was, etc. 6 weeks ago, yesterday she knew the date, location and was able to perform the mini-mental with confidence! These brains are not dead, but often not utilized and this program does that, it trains the brain, we listen and give these people a time to contribute and learn!
Date of Posting: 25 March 2009
Posted By: K A
Mrs. M’s confidence has soared since starting AMM. After enjoying our session the other day, she said “I’m not as dumb as I thought I was. I love doing these exercises.”
Date of Posting: 26 February 2009
Posted By: Julie B.
I have seen Mom celebrate and talk about things that were important in her life, aside from family. But the best gift of all is when Mom said “I don’t feel lost anymore”
Date of Posting: 13 November 2008
Posted By: Holly M.
The Caregiver and I were talking today, and she said she is starting to notice a real difference in Mrs. H. When they were shopping at Safeway, Mrs. H reminded her to get root beer. As well, we all were talking about voting next Monday. Mrs. H told the Caregiver to remind her to vote on Monday. Then we were talking about how jaded in general we are with politicians. I mentioned how much I had admired the Independent candidate. Mrs. H remarked that she remembered him because his office was in Surrey, and wasn’t it too bad he died.
Date of Posting: 07 October 2008
Posted By: N N
M’s confidence and ability are increasing regarding the comprehensive and word finds. She was able to do the comprehensive with only a couple of hints from me. On two or three instances, I covered the possible answers, and M was able to answer without looking. The word find was challenging for M (especially the backward answers) however, with only a few hints, she successfully completed the exercise. On completion, I asked M how she felt, words poured out, ‘I am not as dumb as I thought I was, I didn’t know I was so smart, my mother always told me I was stupid, I guess I am not, I love doing these exercises!’
Date of Posting: 14 June 2008
Posted By: K A
When I first met Mr. H he commented to me over and over about how he could not remember very much, made too many mistakes, but would try the modules. We have bonded over our common interest in World War Two, my husband previously having a motorcycle, and animals. Mr. H’s confidence has soared, he is able to do the word finds without as much help, gives terrific insight and input into the modules, astounds me with his reasoning, is much less anxious about his memory loss. He laughs more often, now gives Mrs. H compliments, really enjoys discussing and giving input about articles we read in the paper. Mrs. H loves to dance, and when she asks Mr. H, he always agrees, now. Mr. H does not remember my name, but always lights up when I come. When I leave, he always insists on carrying my case, helping me into the car, and hugging me goodbye.
Date of Posting: 21 April 2008
Posted By: N N
I want to extend our gratitude for the time and energy you spent preparing for and being our guests on the conference call today. I know many members will get on board with the AMM program for their benefit, certainly, but more importantly for the benefit of those millions of people suffering the effects of brain damage. Lighting the way for others with the torch your mother lit so many years ago is a very beautiful vocation.
Date of Posting: 01 March 2008
Posted By: A K
I would like to commend you both on your efforts to produce the Ashby Memory Method. We have a number of clients who will benefit from the program and are excited about putting your work to use!
Date of Posting: 05 February 2008
Posted By: R W
Me again. I wanted to share with you what happened today. I’ve found that Sunday afternoons are particularly tough on my mother. We had gone for a walk and all was well, but when she sat down, she went into a dark place. “I should go home” and stuff like that. Being that she was going to a place that wasn’t good, I got out the Rug Braiding module. She was slow on the reading out loud at first and quick to say, “I don’t know” but then, about the third one, she picked up. We got to page 18 and I knew she was tired. I turned to the word finders and she got so absorbed that she even did another one without me saying anything. I was thanking you the whole time. What a Godsend this is. By the second word finder, I looked over and she was smiling because she had enjoyed it so much. Sometimes, she can be very focused doing the exercises and when we stop, her brain gets befuddled again. I am grateful for the pockets of positive things though and the diverting away from repetitive thoughts of worry and confusion. Happy for the moments.
Date of Posting: 14 January 2008
Posted By: C H
“My husband said: ‘Let’s get married again,’” says a delighted Lucille Omson, whose spouse Al has been doing the program for over two years. “He really enjoys the program because it makes his brain work.”
– Lucille, Calgary, Alberta, spouse
“She’s showing great alertness, verbal skills and is able to engage in conversation more,” says Brenda Barootes, who could not believe the difference in her mother after she started brain fitness. “A few times we’ve counted 10 to 20 word sentences, which is absolutely amazing.”
– Brenda, Calgary, Alberta, daughter
“I cannot tell you how wonderful your CRT program is! Not only are we seeing a change in behaviour issues with participating residents, but we are also seeing a willingness to engage in activities, a renewed interest in ADLs (activities of daily living) and most importantly, our residents are happier! CRT has helped to improve their quality of life and outlook.”
– Mark, Willow Creek Assisted Living, Las Vegas, Nevada
“When I began working with Timothy just over a year ago, his mini mental score was 16 out of 30. He seemed depressed and very withdrawn. After a year with the Ashby Memory Method (Cognitive Retention Therapy), he is brighter, happier and he remembers my name! He considers me a friend and looks forward to our sessions. His mini mental score now is 26 out of 30! Timothy has been taking a mild medication to decrease mental confusion. I feel the combination of this medication and CRT has made a major difference in Timothy’s life and his caregiver agrees. As a retired nurse, with over 30 years experience working with persons with Alzheimer’s, dementia and post-stroke, I have found the Ashby Memory Method very rewarding! It can make daily life & care much easier for these people & their families. I can finally say ‘Yes! There is something we can do to help. The Ashby Memory Method works!’ It is exciting!!”
– Gayle, Surrey, B.C., retired nurse
“My Father tells me he enjoys meeting with you very much. He considers himself “being interviewed” and is somewhat confused as to what exactly this is all for. I have explained to him that this is brain exercise for his memory and he seems quite satisfied with that explanation. He knows you are recording information and keeps on asking if you are writing a book. When I tell him it is a book about his life, he is quite tickled and laughs with delight. My impression is that although his understanding is limited as to the real intent of the CRT, he is very pleased at receiving this kind of attention. “
– Joan, Calgary, daughter
“It is Thursday just before 4 PM. I wanted to give you some very positive news about my father. He scored 23 again on his test, without the Doctor (cognitive specialist) knowing anything about the work he is doing with you. When the Doctor came in to see me, I told him about your work and he is extremely interested in knowing more about it and meeting you.”
“Heartwarming Care is proud to be a part of the Cognitive Retention Therapy (CRT) Program that offers hope to patients and their loved ones by giving them a new option in the fight to maintain cognitive functioning for as long as possible. While continued research offers no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, Cognitive Retention Therapy™ is a practical, user friendly and non invasive program which can really make a difference. Based on well-established and proven program therapy for the rehabilitation of brain injuries, CRT is showing great promise as a treatment option in early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
I would like to commend you both on your efforts to produce the Cognitive Retention Therapy. A number of clients will benefit from the program and are excited about putting your work to use!”
– Randy, Heartwarming Care, Lakewood, Washington, care provider
“For the benefit of those millions of people suffering the effects of brain damage, lighting the way for others with the torch your mother lit so many years ago is a very beautiful vocation.”
– Annita, Seniors Choice, Lodi, California