WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Alzheimer's Foundation of America has recently announced it will be providing free, confidential memory screenings online.
Starting July 8, the AFA will offer screenings twice a week. Every Monday and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., individuals who want to be screened for symptoms of memory loss can make an appointment for a one on one screening through a secure video conference.
Memory screenings are a basic series of questions designed to gauge memory, language, thinking skills, and other intellectual functions. The screening is a simple, quick, noninvasive session, taking on average only 15 minutes.
"Memory screenings are an important part of a good health and wellness routine," said Charles J. Fuschillo, AFA's president and CEO. "Being proactive about your brain health is critically important, which is why we encourage everyone to take advantage of this free service."
While the results of these screenings are not a formal diagnosis, they can suggest whether or not someone should see a physician for a more complete evaluation. In many cases, problems with memory can be attributed to curable conditions, like vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. If the memory problems are the result of a more serious condition like Alzheimer's, early detection can help a patient be more proactive in their care plan, taking medications sooner for example.
Anyone interested in a free memory screening can contact AFA at 866-232-8484 to schedule an appointment. A computer, smartphone or tablet containing a webcam is needed for the session. Appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on memory screenings, Alzheimer's disease or support services for affected families, visit www.alzfdn.org.