Huntington's Disease Patient- retains smooth

Jeffrey was 37 and has had Huntington's disease* for 14 years. He is a very
intelligent man and has his master's degree. In February of 2008 he
participated in a session of MnemeTherapy at an adult day care center.
Pre-session, his arms jerked uncontrollably and it was difficult for him to
write or feed himself. After the session, he was able to move his arms freely
without jerking and walk much better. This video clip (above) is after his
second session, one month later in March 08. He said he was now walking
two miles a day, was able to use the computer and play chess.

*Huntington's disease is an inherited condition characterized by abnormal
body movements, dementia, and psychiatric problems.
For more information: Huntington's Disease Society of America.

    Although the goal of MnemeTherapy is to provide a rewarding
    experience, documented testimonies show significant improvement
    in some clients after just one session in:

  • Verbal skills (Expressive aphasia)
  • Mobility/muscle issues
  • Combativeness
  • Visual and spatial acuity (Visual agnosia)
  • Understanding language (Receptive aphasia
  • Memory (short term and long term)
  • Connecting socially with others

    Click here to read our documented testimonies or about the amazing changes in
    our autistic students

    What is MnemeTherapy?

    MnemeTherapy™uses everyday pleasures such singing, movement, painting and
    story telling in a unique combination to stimulate dramatic changes in the brain.
    MT is not a cure, nor is it a psychological process like art therapy. Read more
    about Directed Painting
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"Since my stroke, I've seen everything upside down. (a
condition known as Inverted Vision) It was difficult trying to
make things out and it affected my balance. Since I
participated in a session of MnemeTherapy in February, I've
started seeing everything right side up and it's stayed that way."

-Ken, Atlantis Health care, Lantana, Florida

Below you can hear an interview in April, 2008, with Founder,
Noell Hammer talking to Ken about what happened during his
first session of MnemeTherapy™

    October 2003

    "Miss Mary"  Aiken, SC
    Reporting:  RN, Director of Programming

    "Mary was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Before painting with
    the MnemeTherapist, she was angry and depressed. She seldom
    came out of her room, did not interact with other residents, did not
    participate in activities, did not eat well."

    "After her first session of MnemeTherapy™ Mary seemed to wake up.
    She started to come out of her room for most of the day, interact with
    other residents, eat better, gain weight, take more interest in
    activities and had an insatiable desire to color and paint. This lasted
    until her death (nearly a year later)."
    July 2005  "Irving"  Adult Day Center, Florida
    Person Reporting: Program Nurse

    "A former business man, our patient spent all of his time sitting alone at one of the
    tables, briefcase open, shuffling papers around. He was demanding of the staff,
    continually asking for a meeting with them. He had very little interaction with the other
    patients and didn't willingly participate in activities.

    At the end of the session, he was smiling and after his painting was shown to the
    group, sat down in the circle of chairs and participated in a game. Since that time and
    until his death, Irving willingly participated in group activities, visited with other
    patients and ceased "working" alone at the table. He was more content and smiled
    more often."
"Started to Participate in Activities"
"On Location" by Irving, one
of the producers of the first
four James Bond films
"More Aware of Surroundings"                                          "No Longer Combative"                                             

Inverted Vision Corrected
    November, 2005 Female, Adult Day Center, Florida
    Person Reporting: Director of Adult Day Health care

    Our patient was unresponsive and generally spoke in
    disjointed one word sentences. The best way to
    describe her was 'disconnected.' She did not make
    eye-contact or appear to recognize faces. She was
    apprehensive and had poor spatial acuity, often
    bumping into things in her path. She could not follow,
    or understand verbal instructions and did not
    participate in activities.

    At the end of the session, she was actually smiling,
    singing and dancing. She made eye contact and
    appeared to recognize faces. She was able to follow
    a complex set of instructions. She smiled and
    interacted with her peer group during "presentation"
    (of her work). The next day she recognized me from
    across the room and came over, maneuvering
    around a table and wanted to dance. At the end of our
    dance she said, "I danced myself out of my shoes!"
    Everyone has seen a huge difference in her. She is
    speaking in complete sentences with appropriate
    comments and seems much happier and more
    aware of her surroundings."
    November, 2005 Female, Adult Day Center, Florida
    Person Reporting: Manager

    "Our patient did not respond to verbal requests such
    as stand up, sit down, take this. We had to feed her
    and assist with toileting. It generally took two aides to
    help with toileting, as she would become frightened
    and fight the person trying to help. It took some time
    to get her to stand up and come to the painting table.
    She had to be physically cued and the same was true
    when it came to painting, she didn't reach for the
    brush and Noell had to work with her for a time to
    even hold the brush."

    "At the end of the session, we were amazed when
    asked once, she quickly got out of her chair without
    any physical cueing. She was very pleased with her
    painting, but the real surprise came when the aide
    took her to the restroom, she cooperated completely,
    even assisting with her own clothes. The aide kept
    crying, 'it's a miracle!' At snack time we were further
    amazed when she fed herself."
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    Full, signed  reports are on file at AWBF

    Verbal skills increased

    Reported by wife: Male patient in Adult Day Center (ADC).

    Prior to session, patient had visited numerous doctors and speech therapists with the same diagnosis: he will never speak again. After one MT session he was able to count to 10
    and tell his wife he loved her.

    Documented by Activity Director, female stroke victim (ADC).

    Prior to session, patient responded verbally to all questions with "yes." Post session patient could clearly say her name and "I want you."

    Documented by Administrator, (ADC)

    Male stroke victim did not speak prior to session. Post session he could say "I love you" and his wife's name. He also showed a change of expression, which he didn't before.

    Documented by RN  (ADC)

    Male patient was unable to answer questions. His answers were vague and rambling. He was unable to count past two. After session he could answer questions such as where he
    was born and his wife's name. He was easily able to count to 10. He showed much more expression in his face and made direct eye contact

    Documented by Activity Director- (ADC)

    Male patient speech was disorganized and rambling. He could not respond to a question. After session he could respond correctly to questions about his life and his wife's name.

    Mobility  Increased, stiffness decreased

    Documented by Activity Director in ADC

    Prior to session patient took very slow, shuffling steps. It took a long time to get him anywhere. After the session, he walked with longer strides, picking up his feet and moving much
    more quickly. He also seemed to stand up much straighter. He was very pleased by this.

    Documented by Activity Director in Nursing facility

    Prior to session, Male patient moved very slowly with a walker. He drug his feet and inched along. After the session he moved much more quickly and took longer strides, picking up
    his feet more.

    Documented by Administrator, ADC

    Male patient diagnosed with Lewy Body Disease was very rigid. Arms and legs did not bend easily, arms were drawn up to his chest and he was twisted to the side. His speech was
    garbled. After a 30 minute session he had full range of movement in arms and legs and said a complete, clear sentence to his wife.

    Documented by Administrator, ADC

    Male stroke victim's arm had little mobility and jerked violently when he tried to extend or used it. After session, he was able to extend it fully and move it smoothly without jerking. He
    also regained use of his hand.

    Spatial acuity increased

    Documented by Manager, ADC

    When patient began session, she seemed disconnected to her environment. There was no eye contact, she did not respond to verbal instructions or visual stimuli and did not show
    any type of emotion on her face. After one 30 minute session, she responded correctly to verbal instruction, made eye contact, was able to find and grasp something presented to her,
    seemed to enjoy the painting experience, showed expression on her face and even comprehended and laughed at a joke.

    Documented by RN (ADC)

    Male patient who received spoon feeding was do anything for himself. He was unable to communicate or respond to instructions.  After session, he could respond to instructions,
    grasp the brush when presented, respond verbally and sing.

    Combativeness decreased

    "Something's happening here: Dementia patients make connections through art" Reporter: Jennifer Jones, Anderson Independent-Mail, Anderson SC February 25, 2006

    Angela Childers, a resident care tech at Riverside Living Center, usually had a difficult time with one of the residents. The woman was very combative, hitting and biting those trying to
    dress her or bathe her. After a session with Ms. Hammer, however, something in the woman seemed to change.

    "I thought she was a different patient. It was like night and day. She’s had a wonderful, wonderful day. I wouldn’t have believed it had I not seen it," Ms. Childers said. "She’s happy and
    she’s told me she loves me, I’ll bet six times today."

    Carla Heritage, executive director of the Riverside Living Center, said there are no words to describe the differences she’s seen in the residents.  "I just wish everyone could see this.
    The families are just amazed." she said.
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Young client helped after one session

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Documented Testimonials

This video is of a health care
professional after viewing one thirty
minute session of MnemeTherapy with
a patient who was non-verbal and very
The Art Without Boundaries Association
Dr. Joe, a former chiropractor received brain damage as a result of his time in
the service. This led to expressive aphasia, (couldn't communicate) receptive
aphasia (couldn't understand words) and visual agnosia (brain not interpreting
information from the eyes.) After the first session of MnemeTherapy, he began
to speak in sentences and through continued sessions, was able to understand
words and eventually to begin to see again
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    In Praise of Barbara Shaw:

    Barbara worked with 23 of our residents last Fall on their art
    pieces.  I selected the newest residents at that time and those
    who I thought would enjoy something totally different and who did
    not usually participate in other activities within the community.

    As I sat in with several of the residents and watched Barbara, I
    was impressed with her gentle demeaner with each of them.  She
    was very patient as she directed their work and her voice was
    gentle and not commanding.  She knew how to move them along
    to the goal for that half hour together.

    During their time of working, I could see true joy and time of fun
    happening.  As they progressed, the mood changed from "I can't
    draw or paint" to "I can't believe I did that".  As I have spoken with
    them about the project since or as I was giving them their
    finished work, they have recalled with a smile their experience of
    the process.  Several used the paintings as Christmas presents.  
    Unfortunately some of them do not have the cognitive memory
    any more to remember their specific time together, but they smile
    as they are amazed that they "painted that beautiful picture".  I
    particularly enjoyed watching the wife of one of the residents be
    overjoyed at seeing him create a painting, a brand new
    experience for him personally.  They BOTH experienced a
    completely fun time together.

    I truly believe that the newest residents benefited from having
    the experience and felt a little more part of the larger community,
    which can be overwhelming as they made so many changes in
    their lives to move to The Windsor.

    We will be having Barbara come to work with more of our
    residents this summer.  I am looking for our newest residents to
    be part of this wonderful experience.

    Thank you to Barbara for connecting with me to provide such an
    opportunity at The Windsor.

    Lylln Brinkman
    Activities Director
Dori Bolllinger-Thompson