In recognition of National Memory Screening Day, St. John’s Medical
Center will offer free memory screenings on Tuesday, November 18. Each
screening is confidential and requires about 15 minutes.
For Jackson-area residents, screenings are available from 9am to 5pm at
St. John’s Cognitive Health, located at St. John’s Family
Health and Urgent Care in Smith’s Plaza. For Teton Valley, Idaho
residents, screenings are offered from 9am to noon at Seniors West of
the Tetons. Seniors West is located in the Driggs City Center Building
at 60 South Main Street, Suite 200 in Driggs.
Please call St. John’s Cognitive Health at 307 739 7434 by Friday,
November 14 for more information and to schedule an appointment at either
screening location. Note that appointments cannot be scheduled through
Over five 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 age 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’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. St. John’s and
AFA believe that memory screenings are a critical step toward early diagnosis,
which leads to timely treatment and support for patients and their families.
“Memory screening helps us recognize treatable memory loss and other
cognitive problems,” said Martha Stearn, MD, director of St. John’s
Cognitive Health. “We can then determine whether further memory
assessment is indicated. I recommend that anyone concerned about his or
her memory, or who simply would like to establish a baseline for future
comparison, schedule a free memory screening. This opportunity only comes
around once a year.”
Follow-up resources and educational materials are available at the screenings
or online at cognitive.tetonhospital.org.