LANSING, Mich. — As we approach year’s end and get ready to close out 2020, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is encouraging individuals to add “get a memory screening” to their “to-do” lists if they haven’t gotten screened yet this year.
AFA offers free virtual memory screenings offerings every Monday and Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm (ET) and every Friday from 10 am to 2 pm (ET). Appointments can be scheduled by calling AFA at 866-232-8484.
“Brain health is important for everyone, and our brains need to be screened regularly just like other parts of our bodies,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President & CEO. “If you haven’t gotten a memory screening in 2020, now is a great time to be proactive and make an appointment for a free screening.”
The virtual memory screenings are conducted one-on-one by qualified professionals through secure videoconference technology in real-time. The program is free and open to everyone: there are no minimum age or insurance requirements. All that’s needed is a phone, computer, tablet or any other device with a webcam and Internet capability.
Memory screenings are simple, quick and noninvasive, and consist of a series of questions to gauge memory, language, thinking skills and other intellectual functions. The memory screening takes approximately 10-15 minutes and is confidential. Memory screenings 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.
In addition to the virtual memory screenings, AFA also offers an online memory test as a quick way people can challenge their brains and test their memory at any time on their own. Visit www.afamemorytest.com [afamemorytest.com] to learn more and give it a try.
For more information about memory screenings, Alzheimer’s disease or support services available to help families affected by Alzheimer’s, visit AFA’s website at www.alzfdn.org [alzfdn.org] or call AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484.
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