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Contact Shani Jefferson, USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute 813-396-0675 

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USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute Invites Community Members to Check Up on Their Memory

National Memory Screening Day: November 13, 8:30am-4:00pm

Tampa, FL– (October 9, 2012) The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute is encouraging members of the community to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free, confidential memory screenings and information about memory loss on National Memory Screening Day, Tuesday, November 13 from 8:30am-4:00pm (reservations required).

Qualified healthcare professionals administer memory screenings*, which consist of a series of questions and tasks. Screening results are not a diagnosis, and individuals with below-normal scores or who have concerns are encouraged to pursue a full medical exam.

National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) is an annual initiative founded by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and is held each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. On this special day, guests will enjoy health screenings, medication reviews with a clinical pharmacist, exhibit booths, and information on successful aging. Health screenings include blood pressure checks, memory screenings, hearing screenings and computerized balance assessments, including tremor screenings offered through the USF Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center (6th floor of Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute).

The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute urges anyone concerned about memory changes, at risk of Alzheimer’s disease due to family history or who wants to check their memory now and for future comparison to get screened. Warning signs of dementia include forgetting people’s names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion over daily routines, and erratic mood swings.

Currently, as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the incidence is rising in line with the swell of aging baby boomers. The prevalence of Alzheimer's disease doubles every five years beyond age 65. To learn more about National Memory Screening day, visit http://alz.health.usf.edu or call (813) 974-4357 to schedule an appointment for a memory screening.

 

* A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a medical provider. Screening not recommended for persons already under a physician’s care for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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