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Virtual memory screenings keep seniors connected to care

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America provides free, virtual memory screening allowing one-on-one, confidential screenings from a qualified health professional. Screenings are conducted through secure videoconference technology (i.e., Zoom, FaceTime, Skype) in real-time using a smart phone, computer, tablet or other device with a webcam and internet capability.

Screenings are by appointment Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm. The 10 – 15 minute screenings are simple, quick and noninvasive, and consist of a series of questions to gauge memory, language, thinking skills and other intellectual functions. Once the screening is completed results are reviewed. Memory screenings are not a diagnosis but can indicate whether someone should see their doctor for more extensive testing.

This service, part of AFA’s National Memory Screening Program, began during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns to ensure that people could be screened from the safety and comfort of their homes. Memory screenings are a significant first step toward finding out if someone has a memory problem. Such problems could be caused by a number of medical conditions, including vitamin deficiencies, thyroid issues, urinary tract infections and depression, which are treatable or curable.

If the memory problem is the result of a dementia-related illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, early detection leads to early treatment and therapeutic intervention, as well as a better opportunity to participate in a clinical trial and take a more active role in developing health, legal and financial plans.

Appointments can be made by calling AFA at 866.232.8484

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