Free Memory Screenings at all Support Groups

Free Memory Screenings at all Support Groups Tuesday November 18th is National Memory Screening Day and this week, the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center will be offering free, confidential memory screenings at all of it’s support group locations. National Memory Screening Day provides free, confidential memory screenings to individuals concerned about memory loss with the objective of early detection and intervention. The event encourages Americans to participate by offering screenings at no charge and in convenient locations in communities across the nation. National Memory Screening Day also provides a valuable opportunity to learn more about healthy lifestyle choices for successful aging. Why are memory screenings important? Memory screenings are a significant first step toward finding out if a person may have a memory problem. Memory problems could be caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other medical conditions. A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other healthcare professional. However, it is very helpful. A screening can check a person’s memory and other thinking skills. It can indicate if someone might benefit from a more complete medical visit. It is very important to identify the disease or problem that is causing memory loss. That is why a person should follow-up for a complete checkup with a qualified healthcare professional. Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other memory problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer’s disease. In general, the earlier the diagnosis, the easier it is to treat one of these conditions. Early recognition...
When the Diagnosis is Alzheimer’s… What’s next?

When the Diagnosis is Alzheimer’s… What’s next?

When the Diagnosis is Alzheimer’s… What’s next? If you have just met with your doctor and learned that in his or her best judgement, you have Alzheimer’s disease, you will have a lot of questions and will want to know what to do next. Use the time you have with your doctor to ask questions.  If he or she can not spend time with you, schedule another appointment so that you will have his undivided attention.  You might want to know why you were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and what stage you might be in? You will want to know what to expect in the future and have other questions that he can answer. Make sure to have someone with you when you meet with your doctor so they can take notes and provide you with support. Determine if your doctor will continue to treat you or if he will be referring you to another physician or specialist. Reach out to the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center for additional information about Alzheimer’s disease and to schedule a complimentary appointment with an Alzheimer’s Care Manager. They can help you chart a course for the future that will best meet your needs as the disease progresses, and that will provide all of the care, services and support that you and your family will require. Alzheimer’s disease is a life-changing for you and for those that love and care about you.  Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are treatments that may help to relieve symptoms and resources and services to help you cope. To learn more about some of the...