As part of National Memory Screening Month, St. John’s Medical Center
will offer free memory screenings on Tuesday, November 22. Each screening
is confidential and requires about 15 minutes.
Screenings are available from 9 am to 4:30 pm at St. John’s Cognitive
Health, located in the Professional Office Building, Suite 229, at 555
E. Broadway. Please call St. John’s Cognitive Health at 307 739
7434 by Friday, November 18 to schedule an appointment.
“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.”
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 Month was introduced in 2003 as National Memory
Screening Day by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA). Due
to the increasing demand for memory screenings, the entire month of November
will be dedicated to memory screenings, beginning this year. The screenings
are part 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
Follow-up resources and educational materials are available at the screenings
or online at cognitive.tetonhospital.org.
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,
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