AFA Announces National Memory Screening Day 2009

National Memory Screening Day is an annual event held each November.
National Memory Screening Day is an annual event held each November.
Local sites from coast-to-coast can now sign up to participate in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) on November 17. Now in its seventh year, this annual event is the focal point of AFA’s efforts to champion early detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease or other conditions causing memory loss.

AFA welcomes participation by myriad venues, such as senior centers, pharmacies, assisted living facilities and doctor’s offices.

On NMSD, qualified healthcare professionals offer free, confidential memory screenings–a series of questions and tasks that take about five minutes to administer. It is a first step toward finding out whether a person has a reversible condition that is causing memory loss or an irreversible condition, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The non-invasive screenings do not represent a diagnosis, and individuals with below-normal scores or who still have concerns are encouraged to pursue further evaluation.

The event has been growing each year. Last November, about 2,200 sites nationwide screened an estimated 54,000 people and countless other individuals picked up educational materials

“National Memory Screening Day is an opportunity for organizations to serve members of their community in need, both those with memory concerns and those who want a point of comparison for the future. Memory screenings are about being proactive; we know that the earlier a condition is detected, the better,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and CEO.

To sign up or for more information, visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org.

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