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...