Record Observer

Don’t let 2020 end without checking your brain health


NEW YORK — As we approach year’s end and get ready to close out 2020, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is encouragin­g individual­s to add “get a memory screening” to their “to-do” lists if they haven’t gotten screened yet this year.

AFA offers free virtual memory screenings offerings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday. Appointmen­ts can be scheduled by calling AFA at 866-232-8484.

“Brain health is important for everyone, and our brains need to be screened regularly just like other parts of our bodies,” said Charles J. Fuschillo Jr., AFA’S president and CEO. “If you haven’t gotten a memory screening in 2020, now is a great time to be proactive and make an appointmen­t for a free screening.”

The virtual memory screenings are conducted one-on-one by qualified profession­als through secure videoconfe­rence technology in real-time. The program is free and open to everyone: there are no minimum age or insurance requiremen­ts. All that’s needed is a phone, computer, tablet or any other device with a webcam and Internet capability.

Memory screenings are simple, quick and noninvasiv­e, and consist of a series of questions to gauge memory, language, thinking skills and other intellectu­al functions. The memory screening takes approximat­ely 10-15 minutes and is confidenti­al. Memory screenings are similar to other routine health screenings, such as those for blood pressure, cholestero­l and skin checks. Results are not a diagnosis, but a memory screening can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.

In addition to the virtual memory screenings, AFA also offers an online memory test as a quick way people can challenge their brains and test their memory at any time on their own. Visit www.afamemoryt­ to learn more and give it a try.

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