We might have noticed some things about ourselves or our family members during this time of the coronavirus. Maybe we’re having trouble remembering things or finding words. Maybe our family members are.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is now offering virtual memory screenings every Monday and Wednesday beginning July 8.
You can sign up by calling the foundation at 866-232-8484. The appointments are individual and confidential. You don’t need to have insurance, and they are free. You will need a computer with a web camera or a smartphone or tablet to do the screening.
"Memory screenings are an important part of a good health and wellness routine,’" said Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., the foundation’s president and CEO in a press release. "We want to make sure that individuals can obtain them from the safety and comfort of their own homes. Being proactive about your brain health is critically important, which is why we encourage everyone to take advantage of this free service."
During the screenings, the screener will be ask you a series of questions to check memory, language, thinking skills and other cognitive functions. Screenings last about 10 to 15 minutes and won’t supply a diagnosis, but will provide a recommendation of whether or not you need further evaluation by a doctor. Memory issues might not mean dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin deficiency or thyroid problems also can cause memory struggles.
More information can be found at www.alzfdn.org.