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Alzheimer's Foundation of America Promotes Free Memory Screenings Year-Round
Date:5/21/2009

NEW YORK, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing initiative to promote early detection of memory problems and successful aging, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) recently introduced a new program that encourages local organizations across the country to offer free, confidential memory screenings and education about brain health throughout the year.

AFA eases the way for local groups to host screenings by providing sites with screening tools and educational and marketing materials; offering training and guidance on implementing the event; and publicizing the screenings on AFA's Web site. Screening sites are listed at www.nationalmemoryscreening.org.

"Memory screenings need to become as much of a household word as blood pressure checks. By providing convenient and free access to these screenings, we hope people will be more proactive about their memory concerns. It's critical to pave the way for early detection," said Eric J. Hall, AFA's president and CEO.

The new service, called "Community Memory Screenings," builds on AFA's annual National Memory Screening Day, which will be held this year on November 17.

Emphasizing the role screenings can play in opening a dialogue, an AFA survey found that more than two-thirds of participants in National Memory Screening Day in 2007 had memory complaints but only one in five had discussed them with their physicians despite recent visits.

As part of Community Memory Screenings, qualified healthcare professionals administer the non-invasive screening - a series of questions and tasks that takes about five to ten minutes - and provide educational materials. Screening results do not represent a diagnosis and individuals with below-normal scores are encouraged to pursue further medical evaluation. Some memory prob
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