According to a recent study conducted online by Harris Poll, about nine in 10 adults ages 40+, 91% say without their memory, they wouldn't be themselves. Yet, more than 56% say they have other health concerns more pressing than getting a memory screening.  Memory health is, indeed, an important part of overall health, so this year, to kick off National Memory Screening Month, the ADRC is hosting a memory screening event on November 14th at the ADRC in Spooner.

"A memory screening is much like other routine health screenings and we encourage people to take advantage of our free screenings during National Memory Screening Month and throughout the year," says Trisha Witham, dementia care specialist.  "Early detection of memory problems can help put a person on the path to proper treatment."

Qualified professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns and brain health. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and last approximately 10 minutes.

Memory screenings are for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons. Remember there are many treatable causes of memory loss and confusion.

Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score below the normal threshold, as well as those who still have concerns, to see a physician for a thorough evaluation.

Currently, there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to nearly triple by mid-century. Advanced age is the greatest known risk factor for the disease, which results in loss of memory and other brain functions, and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  Call the Aging & Disability Resource Center, 715-635-4460 to schedule your free, 15 minute appointment at the ADRC in Spooner, 850 W. Beaverbrook Ave., from 9:00 to Noon.

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