I think most of us who are at middle age and older wonder to ourselves, “Am I getting forgetful?” “Is my forgetfulness normal – or not?”
How many times have you laid down your car keys and couldn’t remember where you put them? (Personally, I have a reputation for losing my keys, frequently -- very frequently!) Does that mean you might have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia? The answer is, “No.” That example in and of itself is not evidence that you have memory impairment, but if you are wondering, you can do something about it on Nov. 18.
Believe it or not, National Memory Screening Day is Nov. 18, 2008. According to this Web site, this is what should cause you to “wonder” more seriously about your memory:
• Do you have trouble concentrating?
• Do you have trouble performing familiar tasks?
• Do you have trouble recalling words or names in conversation?
• Do I sometimes forget where I am?
• Have people told me that I am repeating questions or saying the same thing over and over again?
• Have I become lost in a familiar area when walking or driving?
• Have my family or friends noticed changes in my mood, behavior, personality or desire to do things?
I want to applaud the Commons of Providence Memory Care Assisted Living Center for their innovative idea of offering free and confidential memory screenings to the public on National Memory Screening Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18. This will be available at 4901 Providence Drive, Sandusky. The purpose of getting screened is to improve the likelihood of early detection of dementia and to learn what you should do next.
The memory screening is not a method of testing for Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. It is simply a series of questions used to screen out those who do not show signs and symptoms of memory impairment and those who might.
This is a free service and is open to the public. There will be a variety of door prizes and vendors on site. No appointments are necessary.
WANT TO GO?
WHAT: National Memory Screening Day
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 18
WHERE: 4901 Providence Drive, Sandusky
COST: Free. No appointments are necessary.