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Alzheimer's Foundation of America Holds Fifth Annual National Memory Screening Day
Date:10/23/2007

ive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion over daily routines, and erratic mood swings.

AFA emphasizes that memory screenings are not used to diagnose any illness. Individuals who score poorly are advised to consult with a qualified healthcare professional and, if necessary, get a complete medical examination.

A follow up exam may reveal that the person is suffering from a reversible condition such as a vitamin deficiency or thyroid problem, or from an irreversible disorder like Alzheimer's disease.

If it turns out that the person's memory loss is related to Alzheimer's disease, available medications can help delay progression of symptoms of the disease. In addition, early detection enables individuals to be more involved in long-term planning and take advantage of support services.

Last year, some 21,000 people participated in memory screenings at more than 700 sites nationwide on National Memory Screening Day. An estimated 10 percent of those screened were advised to follow up with a health care professional for further evaluation.

Among the sites, the Alzheimer's Family Organization, New Port Richey, FL, has been involved in National Memory Screening Day since the event began in 2003, and it also conducts memory screenings throughout the year. So far, it has screened about 1,000 people in Central Florida.

"Those individuals who have a negative finding are very relieved that they do not need further investigation at this time. Those who have a positive finding are appreciative that they have caught the trouble in the bud and can proceed to more in-depth investigation," said Dominick De Petrillo, the organization's executive director.

For additional information on National Memory Screening Day, including a list of participating sites, visit http://www.nationalmemoryscreening.org or call 866-AFA-8484.

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