Keep memory screenings in mind

Regular memory screenings are an important early detection tool of potential memory problems and should be part of everyone’s health and wellness routine.

That’s a reminder from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), which offers free, confidential memory screenings every weekday through secure videoconference technology, with no minimum age or insurance prerequisites. Appointments can be scheduled at 866-232-8484 or

“Memory screenings are important for everyone, even if they aren’t currently experiencing memory problems. Just as with other facets of health, early detection of potential memory issues is critically important,” said Charles Fuschillo Jr., AFA’s president.

He said the screenings are simple, quick, and non-invasive, and consist of a series of questions to gauge memory and other cognitive functions. Any device with an Internet connection can be used for the videoconference.  

Memory screenings are similar to other routine health screenings, such as those for blood pressure, cholesterol, and skin checks. Results aren’t a diagnosis of any particular condition, but can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.

Many types of conditions can cause memory issues, including treatable or curable conditions such as vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disorders, urinary tract infections, sleep apnea, stress, anxiety, and depression.

Even in the case of a dementia-related illness such as Alzheimer’s, early detection can help start treatments to slow the symptoms, take advantage of community services such as support groups and therapeutic programming  aimed at helping maximize quality of life, and help give people a greater say in making decisions about their  legal, financial, and healthcare situations.