National Memory Screening Day (Tuesday November 17, 2009) provides free, confidential memory screenings to individuals concerned about memory loss with the objective of early detection and intervention.
More than 2,100 sites across the country will offer free, confidential memory screenings and educational materials about memory concerns, successful aging and local resources. The face-to-face screening, conducted by a qualified healthcare professional, takes about five minutes to administer and consists of a series of questions and/or tasks. alzfdn.org
Who Should be Screened?
If you are concerned about memory loss or are experiencing the warning signs of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) suggests a screening as a good start.
Warning Signs of Dementia
* Trouble with new memories
* Relying on memory helpers
* Trouble finding words
* Struggling to complete familiar actions
* Confusion about time, place or people
* Misplacing familiar objects
* Onset of new depression or irritability
* Making bad decisions
* Personality changes
* Loss of interest in important responsibilities
* Seeing or hearing things
* Expressing false beliefs
Also, those whose family and friends have noticed changes or who believe they are at risk due to a family history of Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness.
Where To Get Screened
Inside the United States http://www.afascreenings.org/
Outside of the U.S. Click here to see if your country is participating.
Can’t Make It?
Whether you are unable to attend a free screening on Tuesday or if you’re reading this post after November 17th, 2009, you can find a list of year round memory screenings here.
Get The Free Memory Loss Report
The Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR), a service of the National Institute on Aging has provided a free Memory Loss report:
Inside the report, you will learn:
- The difference between mild forgetfulness and more serious memory problems.
- The medical causes of memory problems and how they can be treated.
- How to cope with serious memory problems.
Video Message from Eric J. Hall, CEO Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Click the video screen to begin the film.