The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America will be providing free, confidential memory screenings digitally through its National Memory Screening Program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday starting July 8.
Screenings will be conducted one-on-one through secure videoconference in real-time. Appointments can be made by calling AFA at 866-232-8484.
The free program is open to everyone: There are no minimum age or insurance requirements.
“Memory screenings are an important part of a good health and wellness routine. We want to make sure that individuals can obtain them from the safety and comfort of their own homes,” said Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., AFA’s president and CEO. “Being proactive about your brain health is critically important, which is why we encourage everyone to take advantage of this free service.”
Memory screenings consist of a series of questions to gauge memory, language, thinking skills and other intellectual functions. The memory screening takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes and is confidential.
Results are not a diagnosis, but a memory screening can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation. Oftentimes, memory problems can be caused by treatable or curable conditions, such as a vitamin deficiency or thyroid problem.
If the memory problems are the result of something such as Alzheimer’s disease, early detection can enable the person to begin medications sooner, participate in a clinical trial and take a more active role in developing their care plan.
Individuals wishing to get a free memory screening should call AFA at 866-232-8484 to schedule an appointment. A computer, smartphone or tablet containing a webcam is needed to participate in the program. Appointments are required and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
For information about memory screenings, Alzheimer’s disease or support services available to help families affected by Alzheimer’s, go to AFA’s website at alzfdn.org or call AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484.