Memory screenings available

Staff report

Individuals can take advantage of free, confidential memory screenings Tuesday, Dec. 20, at Swanton Health Care and Retirement Center, 214 Munson Road.

The screenings will be conducted by appointment only from 2-4 p.m. by Chris Cremean, LSW. Memory screenings average five to 10 minutes in length and consist of questions and tasks to assess memory. They do not diagnose any illness, but can indicate whether someone should follow up with a full medical exam.

They are part of Community Memory Screenings, an initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to promote proper detection of Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and successful aging. It is estimated that 2.5 million to 4.5 million Americans have this brain disorder, and this number is expected to triple to 16 million by 2050. Age is the greatest risk factor.

According to AFA surveys, concern about stigma and denial of symptoms can delay a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease 28.7 months on average after symptoms appear. The AFA reports lifestyle changes—diet, stress management, and physical-mental exercise—can help people age successfully.

To make an appointment, call Chris Cremean at 419 825-1145.

Staff report