National memory screening for Alzheimer's

November is Quality Care for Alzheimer's and Awareness Month! The Alzheimer's Foundation of America spearheaded the collaborative effort with organizations and healthcare professionals across the U.S., the National Memory Screening Day, an annual event held each November, to promote early detection of Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and to encourage appropriate intervention, bringing them together for care. Participating sites offer free confidential memory screenings, as well as follow up resources and educational materials to those concerned about memory loss.

As what my father-in-law kept saying, we have feeble minds, or will definitely come to it, that memory screenings make sense for anyone of us concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; when we have noticed changes in our family and friends, and believe they are at risk due to a family history of Alzheimer's disease or a related illness. Screenings also are appropriate for anyone of us who does not have a concern right now, but who wants to establish a base line score for comparison in the future. A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other healthcare professional. A memory screening is a simple and safe evaluation tool that assesses memory and other intellectual functions, and indicates whether additional testing by a qualified healthcare professional is necessary. Memory screening is very important for early detection of Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses so we can take care of it early with appropriate interventions. The key to successful aging is a healthy, common sense lifestyle. The goals are to slow or prevent the loss of brain cells, maintain the brain's capacity to make up for any loss, and let remaining brain cells function well. This requires a healthy body, mind and spirit. In this month of November, locate a memory screening location in their area for their loved ones. Make it your holiday gift for them. And while seeking a cure to Alzheimer's is important, ensuring quality care for those who suffer from the disease must not be overlooked. Mention that a contribution to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a good idea.

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