Free Memory Screenings offered as part of National Memory Screening Day

11-Nov-2014

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 Seniors West.

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.