St. Joseph Nursing Home to hold free memory screenings

  UTICA — As part of National Memory Screening Day — an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) — St. Joseph Nursing Home will offer free, confidential memory screenings on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Screenings will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Home at 2535 Genesee St., Utica.

   Qualified healthcare professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to 10 minutes to administer.

   AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.

   Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score poorly as well as those who still have concerns to pursue a full medical examination.

   For more information about National Memory Screening Day at St. Joseph’s, call Kathy Poupart at (315) 797-1230 or visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org. These screenings are free and open to the public.

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