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Published on November 07, 2013

Memory Screening Day

St. Cloud, Minn. – St. Benedict’s Senior Community and St. Cloud Hospital Home Care & Hospice encourages everyone to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging on Nov. 19.    

The events are part of National Memory Screening Day (NMSD), an annual initiative that the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) holds each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. More than 2,000 sites across the country will be participating.

Join us for pie, coffee and information about memory loss from 2-5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Bonn Great Room, St. Benedict’s Senior Community, 1810 Minnesota Blvd. SE. There will be free, confidential memory screening and vendor booths as well as a presentation at 3 p.m. by Jeffrey Kearney, LP; PhD, St. Cloud Neurobehavioral Associates.

Qualified health care professionals administer the screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to ten minutes. Screening results are not a diagnosis, and individuals with below-normal scores or who have concerns are encouraged to pursue a full medical exam. To schedule a Memory Screening, call 320-654-2355.

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.

Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and CEO, said the continuing growth of National Memory Screening Day reinforces the need for this service. “Community memory screenings are a vital resource to begin a dialogue with a health care professional and to learn more about brain health. They prompt critical next steps,” he said.

AFA urges anyone concerned about memory changes, at risk of Alzheimer’s disease due to family history or who wants to check their memory now and for future comparison to get screened. Warning signs of dementia include forgetting people’s names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion over daily routines, and erratic mood swings.

Currently, as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the incidence is rising in line with the swell of aging baby boomers. The prevalence of Alzheimer's disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.

 

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