It only takes 10-15 minutes to get out in front of what could be a life-altering diagnosis.
Memory loss is one of the most common issues for adults over 60 years old. In fact, according to a March report from USAToday, roughly 6.5 million Americans deal with Alzheimer’s or other memory loss-related diseases.
Why Is Memory Screening Important?
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) strongly recommends annual memory screenings for all older adults. The process is nothing more than a quick and painless virtual appointment that has no insurance prerequisites.
“Annual memory screenings should be part of everyone’s health and wellness routine, even if you’re not currently experiencing memory problems. Just like other facets of our health, our brains need regular checkups, too,” said Charles Fuschillo, Jr., President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
While the screening process doesn’t provide a concrete diagnosis, it can help shed light on some potential areas of concern through a series of questions that gauge memory and thinking skills as well as other mental functions.
Should the doctor suspect dementia based on the screening, they may make a referral to a neurologist for confirmation of that diagnosis. From there, the highly trained specialists can provide a custom-fit plan on how best to treat the condition.
What Are Causes of Memory Loss?
Dementia is marked by a persistent, disabling decline in two or more intellectual abilities such as memory, language, judgment, and abstract thinking. While Alzheimer’s is the main cause of dementia, there are still several other underlying factors that could be causing mental decline.
Some of the other most popular causes of decline are strokes, which is the second leading cause of dementia, thyroid disorders, vitamin deficiencies, urinary tract infections, stress and anxiety, medication interactions, and more. Dementia is also prevalent in people living with Parkinson’s or diabetes.
Whether the screening comes back clean or there are some question marks, it’s still vital to keep signs of dementia on your radar for yourself or older loved ones.
How To Book An Annual Memory Screening
You can book your annual screening by calling the AFA at 1-866-232-8484, or by making an appointment through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America website. For further information on helping your loved one navigate an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis, please visit synergyhomecare.com or call 877-432-2692.
For more information on caring for a loved one with dementia, download SYNERGY HomeCare’s free Memory Care Guide.