Community Healthcare Partners to Hold Free, Confidential Memory Screenings November 19
As part of National Memory Screening Day—an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)—will offer free, confidential memory screenings on November 19. Attendees will receive a free screening and pick up free educational materials about memory concerns, dementia, caregiving and successful aging. Screenings will be held throughout the day at the following locations.
- Bayshore Home Care: St. Petersburg (727) 322 -2366
- Arden Courts of Largo (727) 559-8411
- Brain Fitness Centers: Clearwater (727) 608-7378
- Bayshore Home Care: Tampa (813) 207-0044
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Qualified healthcare professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to 10 minutes to administer.
AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.
Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score poorly as well as those who still have concerns to pursue a full medical examination.
Such screenings are becoming increasingly important as the number of Baby Boomers turning age 65—the at-risk age group for Alzheimer’s disease—continues to climb. The federal government’s historic “National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease” urges a greater emphasis on both early diagnosis and education about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
However, an AFA survey of 2010 National Memory Screening Day participants found that 92 percent of those polled had never been given a screening by their primary healthcare provider; and 83 percent who were worried about their memory had not discussed their concerns with a healthcare provider.
“Brain health should be on everyone’s radar screen, especially as you age. Memory screenings are a first but critical step toward finding out where you stand now and what additional steps you might need to take,” said Carol Steinberg, president of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.