As part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), Mulberry Gardens of Southington will offer free, confidential memory screenings on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 58 Mulberry St., in Plantsville.
Qualified healthcare professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The one-on-one screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take 10 to 15 minutes to administer.
AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.
“Memory screenings are very important in that early detection can help physicians more effectively treat cognitive impairment and possibly slow down memory changes,” Jennifer L. Doty, BSW, director of social services and resident service coordinator at Mulberry Gardens, said in a press release. “However, these screenings are not a diagnosis but a tool to guide an individual that he or she may require follow-up from their physician.”
Warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease include forgetting people’s names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion and personality changes.
“Brain health should be on everyone’s radar screen, especially as you age. Memory screenings are a first but critical step toward finding out where you stand now and what additional steps you might need to take,” said Carol Steinberg, president of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, in the release.
To register for a memory screening at Mulberry Gardens of Southington, call (860) 276-1020.
Mulberry Gardens of Southington is a not for profit assisted living, adult day and memory care community and a member of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services, a Hartford HealthCare Partner.