Tuesday, November 13, 2012
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. National Memory Screening Day serves as a starting point for discussions about memory concerns and lifestyle changes—diet, managing stress, physical and mental exercise – that may help people age successfully. It is estimated that missed diagnoses of dementia may be as high as 90 percent.
This marks the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) tenth annual National Memory Screening Day. Sites nationwide are participating. Visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org.
A memory screening averages five to ten minutes, and consists of questions and tasks to assess memory.
Screening is a safe, cost-efficient intervention that can reassure the healthy individual, promotes successful aging and, when indicated, directs individuals to appropriate clinical resources. It does not diagnose any illness, but can indicate whether someone should pursue a follow-up medical exam.
The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services is a local nonsectarian nonprofit providing comprehensive support services to families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory issues. For more information visit www.TheARKofSC.org, or call 843-832-2357.
Trident Senior Health provides comprehensive medical care, with a board certified geriatric physician, for adults age 55 and over. Trident Senior Health is a department of Trident Health Systems. For more information, visit http://tridenthealthsystem.com/our-services/senior-center.dot or call (843) 797-0416.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a leading national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York that is focused on care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and their families. Call 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.