National Memory Screening is an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Anson County Council on Aging will offer free, confidential memory screenings at the above location. A qualified professional will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to 10 minutes to administer.
AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons. The screener emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score poorly as well as those who still have concerns to pursue a full medical examination.
Such screenings are becoming increasingly important as the number of Baby Boomers turning age 65 — the at-risk age group for Alzheimer’s disease — continues to climb. The federal government’s historic “National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease” urges a greater emphasis on both early diagnosis and education about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
The screenings will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at Grace Senior Center in Wadesboro.
For more information and to register for the National Memory Screening, call Wanda Talbert at 704-694-6616.