Alzheimer’s Foundation of America schedules memory screening day
Since November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, it makes sense that the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) would schedule their memory screening during this high profile month. They’ve chosen November 15th as the day for their national clinic.
Of course, if you or a loved one feel that memory screening is a must, scheduling an appointment with a qualified specialist may be the best thing to do. However, many people need just a little kick to get going. Or, they are just curious. Or they are, well, a little bothered by some forgetfulness, but not enough to lift up the phone and make an appointment with their doctor. This screening could help with the decision making process.
For me, the greatest value of this memory screening day may be to get that reluctant spouse or parent in on a mass screening by saying, “Millions are doing this today. I am! Why don’t we all do it together?”
Please note that many communities – maybe yours – will not have participating clinics. Check the website and click on your state to see if there is a clinic near you. If not, check with your local Alzheimer’s organization for advice on how to get memory screening, if not on Nov. 15th, then soon.
According to the memory screening website:
“Memory screenings make sense for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; or who believe they are at risk due to a family history of Alzheimer's disease or a related illness. Screenings also are appropriate for anyone who does not have a concern right now, but who wants to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.”
Here are the symptoms listed by AFA which could indicate that you or a loved one should be screened:
- Am I becoming more forgetful?
- Do I have trouble concentrating?
- Do I have difficulty performing familiar tasks?
- Do I have trouble recalling words or names in conversation?
- Do I sometimes forget where I am or where I am going?
- Have family members or friends told me that I am repeating questions or saying the same thing over and over again?
- Am I misplacing things more often?
- Have I become lost when walking or driving?
- Have my family or friends noticed changes in my mood, behavior, personality, or desire to do things?
National Memory Screening Day, and an ongoing Community Memory Screenings program, are part of AFA’s national initiative to promote early detection and intervention for those concerned about memory loss. For more information you may call (866) 232-8484 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember: A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other healthcare professional.