In recognition of National Memory Screening Day, St. John’s Institute
for Cognitive Health (SJICH) will offer free and confidential memory screenings
for community members over age 50 on Tuesday, November 15 from 9am to
5pm. Each screening requires just 10 minutes.
Over 5 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s, and it is estimated
that by 2050, 10 million baby boomers will be affected by the disease.
Advanced age is the greatest risk factor, with the incidence of Alzheimer’s
doubling every five years between 65 and 95.
National Memory Screening Day was introduced in 2003 by the Alzheimer’s
Foundation of America (AFA) and is held annually in November. It is one
of AFA and SJICH’s ongoing efforts to promote early detection of
memory problems, including Alzheimer's disease, as well as to encourage
appropriate medical treatment, education and social services. The two
organizations believe that memory screenings are a critical step toward
early diagnosis, which leads to timely treatment and support for patients
and their families.
“Brief memory screening helps us recognize treatable memory loss
and other cognitive problems,” says Institute for Cognitive Health
Director Martha Stearn, MD. “We can then determine whether further
memory assessment is indicated. I recommend that anyone over 50 who is
concerned about his or her memory, or who would simply like to establish
a baseline, schedule a free memory screening on November 15th.”
In addition to screenings, patients will be provided with follow-up resources
and educational materials. Call SJICH at 307 739 7434 for more information
and to schedule your appointment.