National Memory Screening Day

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by Karima Roumila, HA Community Programs Director

One of the symptoms of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) is memory difficulties. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has initiated a National Memory Screening Day.  According to AFA, this event was first introduced in November of 2003 and since then it became a national event that occurs every year. This year, the event will be held on November, 16th. Through collaborations with many organizations and healthcare professionals across the United States, many sites offer confidential memory screenings. The memory screenings do not constitute a diagnosis; however individuals with below-normal scores or those who still have concerns are encouraged to pursue further medical evaluation.

Who should be tested? What are the warning signs of dementia? According to AFA if you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, a memory screening might be beneficial to you.

  • Am I becoming more forgetful?
  • Do I have trouble concentrating?
  • Do I have difficulty performing familiar tasks?
  • Do I have trouble recalling words or names in conversation?
  • Do I sometimes forget where I am or where I am going?
  • Have family or friends told me that I am repeating questions or saying the same thing over and over again?
  • Am I misplacing things more often?
  • Have I become lost when walking or driving?
  • Have my family or friends noticed changes in my mood, behavior, personality, or desire to do things?

Please click here to find a site near you, or go to http://nationalmemoryscreening.org/index.php  to find out about the warning signs of dementia.

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