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Date:10/29/2007

y of respondents were Caucasian, mirroring published data suggesting that minority populations participate less frequently in screening programs.

A previous AFA survey found that Hispanic and African-American caregivers were significantly more likely to dismiss the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease as old age, compared to caregivers of other races.

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 scored below normal.

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

This November, a record 2,000 sites in 46 states, including Kmart pharmacies, will be involved in the National Memory Screening Day initiative, offering memory screenings and education about Alzheimer's disease and successful aging on November 13 or another day during National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. For a list of participating sites, visit http://www.nationalmemoryscreening.org or call 866-AFA-8484.

AFA urges anyone concerned about changes in their memory or other mental functions to visit a screening site. Warning signs include: forgetting people's names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion over daily routines, and erratic mood swings.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and made up of hundreds of member organizations that provide hands-on programs to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families affected by Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. AFA's services include a toll-free hot line, counseling, educational materials, a free c
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