On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Hope Dementia & Alzheimer's Services will hold free memory screenings across the Cape on National Memory Screening Day. Screenings, according to a release from HopeHealth, are conducted by Hope Dementia & Alzheimer's Services staff and take only 30 minutes. During the 30 minutes, participants are asked questions and given a series of tasks to assess memory. Although the screen does not give a diagnosis, it does indicate whether or not a follow-up with a doctor is necessary.
November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month. An estimated 5.1 million American's have Alzheimer's and HopeHealth estimates more than 10,000 of those people live here on Cape Cod. HopeHealth classifies Alzheimer's disease as a progressive neurological deterioration of the brain.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America has issued a list of questions that may help determine whether you or a loved one should be screened. The list includes such questions as "Am I becoming forgetful?" and "Do I have difficulty performing familiar tasks?". See the complete list here. HopeHealth offers a similar list of symptoms and signs here.
Screenings are scheduled at the councils on aging in Barnstable, Bourne, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Mashpee, Orleans, Provincetown, Wellfleet and Yarmouth. An additional screening will be held at Harbor Point in Centerville.
For additional information or to schedule a screening, call Hope Dementia & Alzheimer's at 508-775-5656. Appointments for a screening at the Chatham Council on Aging may be made by calling 508-945-5190 and at the Wellfleet Council on Aging by calling 508-349-2800.