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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Memory Screening Day is Nov. 4 at St. Benedict’s Senior Community

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. – St. Benedict’s Senior Community and CentraCare Health Home Care & Hospiceencourages everyone to be proactive about memory health. Join us for pie, coffee and information about memory loss from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Bonn Great Room, St. Benedict’s Senior Community, 1810 Minnesota Blvd. SE. From 2-4 p.m. there will be free, confidential memory screening and community resource booths. From 4-5 p.m., Jessica Harstad, certified validation therapist, will provide practical validation method skills that caregivers can use. View event details.

This event is 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. These free, confidential memory screenings are the first step toward finding out if a person may have a memory problem.

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.

“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,” said Brenda Turner, LSW, Director of Resident Support Services at St. Benedict’s Senior Community. “Screenings also are helpful in establishing a baseline for future comparisons.”

Some questions that might help you decide if you need a memory screening are:

  1. Am I becoming more forgetful?
  2. Do I have trouble concentrating?
  3. Do I have difficulty performing familiar tasks?
  4. Do I have trouble recalling words or names in conversation?
  5. Do I sometimes forget where I am or where I am going?
  6. Have family or friends told me that I am repeating questions or saying the same thing over and over again?
  7. Am I misplacing things more often?
  8. Have I become lost when walking or driving?
  9. Have my family or friends noticed changes in my mood, behavior, personality, or desire to do things?

This event is sponsored by St. Benedict’s Senior Community and CentraCare Health Home Care & Hospice. To schedule a Memory Screening, call 320-654-2355.