The Ashby Memory Method (AMM) is based on the research of the late Dr. Mira Ashby who received the Order of Canada in 1984 for her work with brain injury rehabilitation. Her work focused on those who had a traumatic brain injury. It looked at how intact areas of the brain can be retrained to help compensate for some of the functions of the affected regions of the brain.
Neuroplasticity research now shows us that just because one area of the brain is affected by damage or disease, it does not mean that the entire brain is not functioning.
The Ashby Memory Method provides appropriate cognitive stimulation to assist the functioning of active and healthy areas of the brain and to help compensate the areas affected by dementia or another type of disease such as Parkinsons Disease.
The principles of the AMM methodology have been presented at international conferences and seminars including the National Conference of the Alzheimer Society of Canada (Toronto), and the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease (Chicago). To read more about Dr. Ashby and the research behind the Ashby Memory Method, please visit the Alzheimer’s Innovation Institute website. Her son John Ashby is the Founder of the Alzheimer’s Innovation Institute and is continuing her work.
On the Alzheimer’s Innovation Institute website, you will find links to scientific articles about neuroplasticity and other research regarding brain function and cognitive therapy. These studies represent only a fraction of the information becoming available relating to non–invasive treatment approaches and quality of life enrichment for dementia. We invite you to return to the website on a regular basis for new research articles related to the Ashby Memory method and neuro-adaptive dementia treatment approaches.
The Ashby Memory Method is exciting because it is a method where people are actively involved in their treatment and early intervention is an opportunity to improve their quality of life. Valued, meaningful past and present interests, as well as abilities, are fostered in the participant and support given to family members.
An evaluation process is completed with regular cognitive assessments and progress notes done by Memory Nurture AMM Facilitators to give feedback to the participant, family member or local doctor. Non-drug (non-invasive) therapeutic approaches can help reduce both physical and psychological problems in persons diagnosed with dementia as well as their caregivers.