Free Memory Screenings November 18 for the Cape and South Shore
In honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, HopeHealth is offering free, confidential memory screenings as part of “National Memory Screening Day,” an annual initiative designed to promote proper detection of memory problems. The free screenings will be held at senior centers across Southeastern Massachusetts, including Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, Falmouth, Mashpee, New Bedford, Orleans, Plymouth, Sandwich, and at Mayflower Place in Yarmouth.
The screenings will average about 30 minutes each and are a combination of a question and answer session and performing tasks. While this does not diagnose any illnesses, it can help to indicate whether someone should pursue a full follow-up medical exam. HopeHealth estimates that missed diagnoses of dementia could be as high as 90 percent.
“This is a great service provided to the community and identifies people who may need more extensive evaluation,” said David Rehm, president and CEO, HopeHealth. “Besides identifying people with potential memory impairment, the screenings provide reassurance to those with mild, age-related memory changes who may otherwise worry that they have dementia.”
Memory screenings are administered by Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services trained staff. For more information, call 508-775-5656 or visit HopeDementia.org.