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Free memory screenings offered on Nov. 13

November 13 is National Memory Screen Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in collaboration with community sites across the country.

On this day, qualified healthcare professionals administer free, confidential memory screenings. Administered face-to-face, they consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take about five to 10 minutes.

Pagosa’s site is in the Visiting Angels office at 452 Pagosa St., Suite 2B.

The memory screen serves as a starting point for discussions about memory concerns, as well as lifestyle changes — diet, managing stress, physical and mental exercises — that may help people age successfully. They are a first step toward finding out if a person may have a memory problem or other medical problem. It is very important to identify the disease or problem that is causing memory loss. Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and it’s estimated that missed diagnosis of dementia may be as? high as 90 percent. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or a related dementia enables individuals to obtain appropriate medical treatment and behavioral management interventions, be more involved in long-term planning, and obtain social services support for themselves and their families.

Who should be screened?

Are any of these your concerns? If so, the free screening can be of help.

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?

Am I misplacing things more often?

Have family and friends told me that I am repeating questions or saying the same thing over and over again?

Have I become lost when walking or driving?

Have my friends or family noticed changes in my mood, behavior, personality or desire to do things?

Am I making bad decisions?

On Nov.13, free memory screenings will be administered at 452 Pagosa St., Suite 2B, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 264-5991 and schedule an appointment.

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