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Agency to give free memory screenings

October 25, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio - Ohio Valley Home Health Services Inc. will hold free, confidential memory screenings from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Senior Link Adult Day Center located at 16351 state Route 267 as part of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America's National Memory Screening Day.

Qualified healthcare professionals administer the screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to 10 minutes. Screening results are not a diagnosis, and 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 not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer's disease. In general, the earlier the diagnosis, the easier it is to treat one of these conditions.

"This event is something that our team looks forward to ever year and feels very passionate about," said Megan Shimmel, community education director. "Early screening, detection and diagnosis are key in treating those living with Alzheimer's disease. We are very proud to be a part of National Memory Screening Day and look forward to helping and supporting the community."

The Alzheimer Foundation 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.

More than 5 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.

For more information about National Memory Screening Day, visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org or call Ohio Valley Home Health Services at 330-385-2333 or (800) 428-3434.

 
 

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