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Reunion to Remember

Long term memories provide joy and meaning - "it's as if she put her illness on hold for a few days and lived as her younger self."
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The Rest of Us

"It's not just me and Michael J. Fox - I want the rest of us to meet!"
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From the Heart

Kathy Thomas believes a chance encounter saved her husband's life - and her own - more than once.
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Together, Month by Month

Bill Snider honors his wife Marti through a monthly gift to Memory & Movement Charlotte
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The Forgotten Half: A Parkinson’s Symposium Presentation

Dr. Iyer and Robyn discuss the role of caregivers at the Parkinson's Association annual symposium
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A Brighter Spot

Artist Lita Gatlin expressed the caregiving journey through a very special painting.
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Home Sweet Home

"I see this as an investment in longevity. Owning our facility represents stability for tomorrow."
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Now Onsite: Powerback

Onsite therapeutic gym is an opportunity to expand a relationship
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Interview with Dr. Edwards on Much Abides

From a hand tremor to MMC...it's all in the book and in this interview!
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Artist JoAnn Britt

MMC patient JoAnn Britt keeps stepping up to the canvas
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CN2 Hometown Hero

MMC is among first in region to offer SynOne test for Parkinson's disease
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New Diagnostic Tool

MMC is among first in region to offer SynOne test for Parkinson's disease
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AARP

When an AARP writer needed an expert she turned to Memory & Movement Charlotte!
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Kirk and Melanie

Using the tools you have
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Jerry and Barbara

A lifetime of catching curveballs prepared him for the challenges of caregiving.
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Bill and Pam

"Pam is the dearest thing in my life. MMC honors that."
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Food for Thought: Cooking for Brain Health

"It's not a diet - it's a lifestyle."
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A Gift of Opportunity

Apparo's gift of in-kind technology support connects a community of volunteers and helps MMC help families.
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Partnership for Local Impact

David Moore Foundation leader sees an opportunity to make a greater impact together.
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Dimensions of Care

"I see in this scene why I started MMC"
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Growing Stronger: The Next Phase

Eight years in, Memory and Movement Charlotte continues to evolve and grow.
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Mark

"I decided to find the resources I’d need to live as independently as possible – and help other people do the same.”
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Carolina Alumni Review

Dr. Chuck Edwards' story was featured in the September, 2021 issue
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Roy

"No one is schooled in how to be an advocate or a caregiver. Luckily, I had some skills I could adapt."
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Bill

"They gave me the tools and time I needed"
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Fred

"MMC helped us peel back the veil"
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Tracy

Dr. Charles Edwards and caregiver Tracey Reading had a candid, heartfelt conversation about the stages of dementia from the perspective of a caregiver.
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biogen

Biogen’s New Alzheimer’s Drug: What You Need to Know Now

The Federal Drug Administration announced on June 7 that they have approved Aducanumab for the treatment of mild Alzheimer’s disease. Aducanumab is Biogen’s version of an anti-amyloid drug that removes amyloid from the brain in Alzheimer’s disease. This may in turn slow progression of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Biogen has made the claim that…
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All New Take Charge! Online Resource Library

We are excited to announce that the Take Charge! Online Resource Library is now live on our site and ready for our patients and members to view. Take Charge! is Memory & Movement Charlotte’s (MMC) comprehensive, interactive education and support program made possible through a generous grant from the Philip L. Van Every Foundation. Our…
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April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Celebrating What We Can Do Today

By Dr. Sanjay Iyer, Memory & Movement Charlotte’s Medical Director Our Founding Physician, Dr. Charles Edwards II, often counsels, “It’s too easy to mourn the losses.  We have to celebrate what we can still do today.”  That powerful message is echoed by many of my patients whose spirits shine through their art, music, crafts and…
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Much Abides: A Survival Guide for Aging Lives

Preview of “Much Abides: A Survival Guide for Aging Lives” by Dr. Charles Edwards

This article first appeared in Mecklenburg Medicine, a publication of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society.      Finding purpose and peace in the final chapter of life is the theme of a tender new book by a Charlotte physician.    The years we have left after retirement, Dr. Charles H. Edwards II writes, why surrender them to nostalgia and…
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Why We Should Talk About Suicide According to Dr. Melissa Shepard

According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 1.3 million adults attempt suicide each year in the United States. For a tragedy of this magnitude, it is incredible that simply talking about it can make a big difference. There are so many reasons that people don’t want to talk about suicide. It can be a taboo…
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Barbara Leve by her daughter Julia Freifeld

Memory & Movement Summer 2020 Newsletter

News, stories and messages of hope from our providers, patients and their families. Click below to download and read the online version of the Summer, 2020 newsletter.
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What is a care plan visit?

What is a Care Plan visit?

What in the world is a Care Plan and do I need one?  A Care Plan is one important element of putting into practice the Take Charge! approach we teach families at Memory and Movement Charlotte. Care Plan visits are fully covered by Medicare – a benefit available to any patient with a cognitive impairment,…
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Social Distancing Fundraisers You Can Do At Home!

-Create a Facebook Fundraiser in honor of your loved one (or yourself!) -Challenge friends to set a walking goal for the month of June and ask that they donate a dollar (or ten!) for every mile they walk. -Host a social distancing dinner fundraiser: get takeout delivered to your friends and eat together over Zoom.…
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Tips for Fall Prevention

As we age the risk and impact of falls increases significantly, especially if you or a loved one has a dementia or movement disorder diagnosis. In this video Sanjay Iyer, MD walks you through some of the ways you can create a safer environment in your home to decrease the risk of falls. Here are…
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No-Rinse Shampoo Cap

Help Your Loved One Stay Clean With No-Rinse Shampoo Caps

Have a loved one who struggles with bathing and showering? Robyn Wolkofsky, PA-C shows us an easier way to clean hair. Find the no-rinse shampoo cap and other helpful products for caregivers and patients at this helpful site.
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Navigating Quarantine with a Loved One in a Long-Term Care Facility

Chris Ryskiewich is a part-time nurse at Memory & Movement Charlotte who devotes much of her time outside the workplace to caring for her mother and mother-in-law, both of whom live in long-term care facilities. Chris shares her struggles, signs of hope and strategies during quarantine. Being unable to visit your loved one during this…
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Gentle Bed Exercises to Start Your Day

A little bit of gentle movement in the morning (or at any point during the day!) can help you go through your days in the right mindset. Check out this gentle bed exercise tutorial by Marissa Brooks, a therapist who has practiced for over 27 years and specializes in fall prevention and aging in place.…
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Video Chatting Tutorials Including Zoom, FaceTime and More.

We are thinking of all of our patients, families and healthcare workers during this stressful time. The need to isolate elderly and high risk groups due to the coronavirus outbreak can create more anxiety, depression and confusion. Normally we encourage socializing as a way to engage and find purpose, but this unprecedented challenge will hopefully…
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Help Our Providers Continue to Treat Our Patients

Dear friends, In these unprecedented times, everywhere we look neighbors are helping neighbors, everyone is doing what they can for the greater good and we need your help. Our income will continue to decrease the longer our office remains closed. However, Dr. Edwards, Dr. Iyer, Dr. Shepard, Robyn and I are still available treating, supporting…
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Coping with Health Anxiety

With a pandemic sweeping the nation, it’s understandable that many people will experience some health anxiety. Here are some tips on how to recognize and cope with your own health anxiety. Health Anxiety: What is it? Anxiety about normal physical sensations, mild symptoms, or fear of having a certain disease. Can occur in people without…
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And Who Are You?

An essay written by one of our caregivers, shared with permission.
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Your Medicare check-up, no paper gown needed!

“Have you had your annual check-up yet?”  No, not with your doctor, but with your health insurance plan! October 15 – December 7, 2019 is the open enrollment period for making changes to your Medicare Plans. It’s a great time to see if your current plans still meet your needs, or if changes in your…
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For the Sake of Argument… or Not!

Those of you who have attended our Caregiver Connections education classes have heard the advice, “Don’t argue.” Of course, this is easier said than done, as we all like to be right. When we hear someone say something that does not align with our beliefs or truths, the inclination is to correct that person. My…
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New, Old Traditions

December. The month carries with it a host of emotions. For some it brings to mind cozy family gatherings, stirring up nostalgia of past family holidays. But sometimes a feeling of sadness can sneak up on us this time of year. This can be magnified if you are a caregiver of someone with chronic illness,…
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Driving – The Elephant in the Room

Driving is the biggest safety concern we address with our patients. There is also no topic that elicits stronger emotions than hearing concerns about your ability to drive. At some point in our lifetimes, almost all of us will have to stop driving. But we can have productive and positive conversations about driving, as long…
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