Individuals can take advantage of free, confidential memory screenings as part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) to promote proper detection of memory problems. A screening will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Golden Living-Kinzua, 205 Water St., Warren.
It is estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease. The number is escalating in line with the aging population; the first baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011. Advanced age is the greatest risk factor, with the incidence of the disease doubling every five years between 65 and 95.
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. This is Alzheimer's Foundation of America's (AFA) 11th annual National Memory Screening Day.
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.
Memory problems could be caused by Alzheimer's disease or a reversible cause such as thyroid disease or vitamin deficiency.
A memory screening averages five to ten minutes, and consists of questions and tasks to assess memory. It does not diagnose any illness, but can indicate whether someone should pursue a follow-up medical exam.
It is estimated that missed diagnoses of dementia may be as high as 90 percent.
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 866-232-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.