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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- You forget a name, a number, an appointment, no big deal right?  But if you have a real concern there's a place where you can get free help.

In honor of National Memory Screening Day on Tuesday, November 19th, WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain interviewed a Memory Care Specialist from Brookdale Senior Living.

Sara Rosenblatt talked about the 12 warning signs of Dementia.  "Trouble with new memories, relying on memory helpers, struggling to complete familiar actions, confusion about time, place or people, misplacing familiar objects, onset of new depression or irritability, marking bad decisions, personality changes, loss of interest in important responsibilities, seeing or hearing changes and expressing false beliefs," said Rosenblatt.

Dozens of diseases or conditions can cause Dementia.  Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of it in persons aged 65 and older.  "It's estimated as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer's disease.  "It's not a normal part of aging, but age is the greatest risk factor," she added. 

Dozens of diseases or conditions can cause Dementia.  Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of it in persons aged 65 and older.  "It's estimated as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer's disease.  "It's not a normal part of aging, but age is the greatest risk factor," she added.

But there's help.  The Smith Senior Center is offering free and confidential memory screenings from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on November 19, 2013 at 2401 Fairview Street.

The screenings are part of National Memory Screening Day, an initiative of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.   Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are available by calling the Smith Senior Center at 373-7564.

Memory care specialists from Brookdale Senior Living will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and care-giving.

The face-to-face screening consist of a series of questions and tasks and take up to 10 minutes to administer. 

 

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