Posted by Sherry C. on Monday, November 18th, 2013
November 19, 2013 is National Memory Screening Day, which is an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. It’s an effort to promote early detection of, and intervention for memory loss, helps educate the public about the treatment for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and helps encourage early diagnosis. Click here to watch an interview with Dr. Isaacson about this important event. Since November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, individuals who may be concerned about their memory (or about a loved ones memory) are encouraged to get a memory screening on any day in November.
Quick and simple screening tests are used to detect memory impairment so people can then go and talk to a qualified physician and have the problem addressed early. The earlier the treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, the better outcome of treating symptoms. Memory screenings are important to help distinguish between memory impairment due to normal aging, or something more serious. Screening is important to help us recognize the more serious causes of memory impairment as early as possible.
Anyone concerned about his/her memory should be screened. Usually we say people over the age of 65 years, but people with a family history of memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease may want to be screened earlier. Why is it important to be screened earlier rather than later? The earlier someone finds out they have memory impairment, the earlier they can be diagnosed. The earlier they can be diagnosed, the earlier they can be treated. The earlier they are treated, the better they usually do.
The typical screen is approximately 10 minutes and involves a series of questions and tasks designed to assess memory function, as well as language and thinking abilities. Screenings are offered at a variety of locations, community centers, hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics. But really, a memory screening can take place just about anywhere.
If you can’t get involved in National Memory Screening Day, it is important to know that it only takes a few minutes for your doctor to perform a memory screening. So, have a frank, open conversation with your doctor about any memory concerns and ask about a quick screening in the office.
For more information on the Treatment for Alzheimer’s disease or Alzheimer’s prevention, click here to visit The AD Plan.com and learn more about treatment and prevention.
For more information, visit http://nationalmemoryscreening.org