As we start to make changes to our bodies for our New Year’s intentions, we tend to forget the most important part… our minds! This is why the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is encouraging individuals to make one of their New Year’s goals to be a memory screening. AFA offers free, confidential memory screenings through a secure virtual format every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—appointments can be scheduled by calling AFA at 866-232-8484 or through AFA’s website . The service is available to everyone—there are no minimum age or insurance prerequisites.
Memory screenings are simple, quick (approximately 10-15 minutes) and noninvasive, and consist of a series of questions, administered by a qualified professional, to gauge memory, language, thinking skills, and other intellectual functions. They are similar to other routine health screenings, such as those for blood pressure, cholesterol and skin checks. Results are not a diagnosis, but a memory screening can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.
Early detection of memory impairments is extremely important. Many different conditions can cause memory issues, including treatable or curable conditions such as vitamin deficiencies, thyroid conditions, urinary tract infections, stress, anxiety and depression.
Memory screening appointments can be scheduled by calling AFA at 866-232-8484 or through AFA’s website .