Tuesday, November 10, 2009
National Memory Screening Day, an Alzheimer's Foundation of America initiative, is a week from today on November 17. Qualified professionals offer free memory screenings across the country, as well as providing education and follow-up resources. A screening consists of a series of questions and/or tasks designed to test memory, language skills, thinking ability, and other intellectual functions. Screenings are recommended for anyone concerned about memory loss or dementia, whose family and friends have noticed changes in them, or has a family history of Alzheimer's disease or a related illness. You can also be screened if you would like to see how your memory is now and for future comparisons. Screenings are private; it will only be the testee and tester and the results are confidential. It should be noted that a memory screening does not replace consultation with a doctor, nor will it diagnose any illness. However, the results may point to the need for further testing and consultation. You can find a screening near you by clicking here.