(WXYZ) - Senior Helpers is encouraging members of the community to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging on November 13.
The event is part of National Memory Screening Day (NMSD), an annual initiative that the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) holds each November during National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. More than 2,000 sites across the country will be participating.
Senior Helpers will provide the memory screenings at their office located at 18080 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe, Michigan 48230, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information and to make an appointment, call 313-885-0600. Screening will also be provided at 28200 Orchard Lake Rd., Ste. 111 in Farmington Hills. For more information and to make an appointment at the second site, call 248-865-1000.
Qualified healthcare professionals administer the screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to ten minutes. Screening results are not a diagnosis, and individuals with below-normal scores or who have concerns are encouraged to pursue a full medical exam.
Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other memory problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer's disease. In general, the earlier the diagnosis, the easier it is to treat one of these conditions.
AFA urges anyone concerned about memory changes, at risk of Alzheimer's disease due to family history or who wants to check their memory now and for future comparison to get screened. Warning signs of dementia include forgetting people's names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion over daily routines, and erratic mood swings.
Currently, as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, and the incidence is rising in line with the swell of aging baby boomers. For more information about National Memory Screening Day, visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org or call 866-AFA-8484.