New Product Helps Those with Alzheimer's to Remember Their Family and Friends

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Moving Pictures, Inc., based in Feeding Hills Massachusetts, has created an exciting new therapy for memory disorders including Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

A drunk driver runs a red light and ended Steve Berube’s career as a systems analyst. A severe brain injury was helped by three brain surgeries. A shoulder ripped apart during the crash, is put back together with rotator cuff surgery. Medicine helps control headaches and seizures. Steve's lost memories were up to him. A unique method of re-learning his kids names, faces and the lost memories of their lives together, led to the creation of Photographic Journeys a product of Moving Pictures Inc, that helps those with memory care issues to REMEMBER!

Photographic Journeys, developed CEO Steven M. Berube, is an innovative approach Moving Pictures, Inc. (MPI) is using as a Composite Memory Therapy. This is a new therapy, which combines established cognitive-reminiscence therapies with several additional and validated approaches to memory therapy.

The key components of the Photographic Journey product were created by Steve to recover from his brain injuries. His success led to him helping others, using the same methods. After seeing the difference he was making, Steve started researching Alzheimer's and other memory disorders. To his surprise, his methods were being used separately but not in combination with each other. The combination was found to be the key to helping someone begin to remember, particularly with face/name recognition.

Photographic Journey’s combine familiar music with photographs, organized in a specific way, which strengthen the therapeutic benefits of this product. Music has long been used as a therapeutic tool for dementia. The use of a multi-sensory approach (auditory and visual) for developing and preserving memories has also been well studied and documented.

The Photographic Journey product has precedent. An experimental digital ambient display called Biography Theatre was tested at the University of Toronto early in the 2000‟s; which cycled through music, photographs, movies, and narratives - drawn from the patient's past and current life, and demonstrated improvement on standardized tests of apathy and positive self-identity. This work suggests that interdisciplinary work, such as Photographic Journey's can be a fruitful way to provide rehabilitative benefit for individuals with Alzheimer's disease.

Photographic Journeys are also an invaluable personal possession, providing families with a constant visual memory aid as well as an outlet for soothing loved ones emotions.

Moving Pictures, Inc. has partnered with FotoBridge, one of the nation’s largest digital scanning companies, to allow the creation of personalized Photographic Journeys in mass production. Graphic artists and videographers have been trained to follow a strict path toward product creation while leaving the ability to personalize each Photographic Journey.

Steve has faced death and survived. He deals with headaches and ringing in his ears every day. Over the past five years, his free time was used to create the Unified Sports Program (USP). USP takes kids with special needs and their more typical peers and teaches them sports as if there are no differences, extolling a “We are all different” mantra which really hits home with the kids.

He saw himself deal with misfortune yet be able to make a difference to hundreds of families in Western Massachusetts. He has decided to do the same for those suffering with memory loss. Photographic Journeys is Steve’s new passion. Families with loved ones facing similar problems will benefit from that passion.

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