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Alzheimer's Foundation of America Offers Free Memory Screenings Nationwide
Date:10/28/2008

Initiative Addresses Healthcare Concerns, Gains Support of Leading Professional Groups

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During this time of heightened concerns about rising healthcare costs, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) will offer free memory screenings at more than 2,000 local sites across the country as part of its 6th annual National Memory Screening Day on November 18th.

Coinciding with National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in November, the annual initiative is aimed at promoting early detection of memory problems and appropriate intervention. AFA encourages adults with memory concerns, a family history of Alzheimer's disease or a desire to establish a baseline score for future comparison to get screened and to pick up educational materials about memory concerns, successful aging and local resources.

"This year's event is particularly timely," said Eric J. Hall, AFA's president and chief executive officer. "With the increasing costs of healthcare on the minds of Americans, National Memory Screening Day offers a free and convenient way to check out memory concerns and brain health in general. Detecting a chronic disease early can end up saving money -- and heartache -- in the long run. It pays to be proactive."

The relevance of National Memory Screening Day is underscored by a recent nationwide survey conducted by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease that found that the cost of healthcare is a top concern among American voters, second only to worries about the economy. More than two thirds of respondents felt that "catching and treating chronic illness early" is the best way to improve the nation's healthcare. Treatment of chronic illnesses, which includes Alzheimer's disease, currently represents 75 percent of the country's healthcare costs, or $1.5 trillion annually.

It is estimated that five million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, which causes loss of memory and other intellect
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