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Alzheimer’s screenings set

November 13, 2011
Messenger News

Friendship Haven is encouraging members of the community to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging on Tuesday.

The event is part of National Memory Screening Day. An annual initiative that the Alzheimer's Foundation of America holds each November during National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. More than 2,000 sites across the country will be participating.

Friendship Haven will be providing the memory screenings at 420 Kenyon Road, from 10 to 3 p.m. For more information and to schedule a free, confidential appointment, contact Denise Wiederin at 573-6250.

Qualified health care professionals administer the screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks, and takes five to 10 minutes. Screenings are not a diagnosis, and individuals with below-normal scores or who have concerns are encouraged to pursue a full medical exam.

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.



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