Health screenings are common ways for Americans to maintain their health and identify issues early. Memory screenings are a relatively new type of screening available in many communities, and are a proactive way of giving your memory a check-up.
Are you often misplacing items? Having problems concentrating? Are you repeating the same stories? Becoming lost when driving or walking? Have family or friends noticed personality or mood changes? Many people may be experiencing some of these issues, but have not expressed their concerns to anyone. A memory screening might be a good idea for you as the first step towards understanding more about your memory!
A memory screening is appropriate for anyone who is concerned about memory loss, whether they have a family history or experiencing warning signs of dementia. A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace an examination and testing by a qualified health care professional. It is however, a way to provide a memory baseline for future comparisons, or to prompt someone to follow-up with their physician if there is a concern requiring intervention. Participants receive education and resources at their screening for future use, as well as information to assist others with memory loss.
National Memory Screening events occur each November. For a list of the participating sites, and for other Community Events during the year, please visit the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's National Memory Screening website.
The local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will be able to assist with local screening referrals and additional support resources. To locate your local chapter, visit SeniorNavigator, and type in "Alzheimer's Association" and your city, county or zip code.
Throughout the year, there are also many opportunities for memory screenings from primary care physicians, local free clinics, senior centers, health fairs, health care organizations, as well as your local Area Agency on Aging. To locate your local Area Agency on Aging, visit SeniorNavigator, and type in "AAA" and your city, county or zip code.