Local retirement community, Keystone Villa at Douglassville, 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.
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; 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.
More than 30 leading professional organizations are supporting the event this year. Community memory screenings are a vital resource to begin a dialogue with a healthcare professional and to learn more about brain health. They prompt critical next steps.
Keystone Villa 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. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.
The Memory Screenings will is held at Keystone Villa at Douglassville, formerly Villa at Morlatton, conveniently located off Rt. 422 in Douglassville, PA. The location for this event is the community room of the Independent Living building. This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required. Please call 610-385-5021 to schedule your 15-minute appointment between 11-3 pm. www.KeystoneVilla.com