What is a Memory Screening?
A memory screening is a simple and safe “healthy brain check-up” that tests memory and other thinking skills. The screening includes a series of questions and/or tasks that help indicate if someone is in need of a comprehensive medical evaluation. It’s not used to diagnose any particular illness, nor does it replace consultation with a physician or other clinician.
Through Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), Dementia Friendly Nevada is able to provide free, confidential memory screenings – administered by qualified healthcare professionals.
Why Get a Memory Screening?
Screenings play a significant first step in detecting memory problems. Some memory problems – such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems – can be readily treated. Others may due to currently irreversible causes, such as Alzheimer’s disease. If that is the case, early detection can substantially improve one’s quality of life. To learn more about the benefits of screenings, click here.
Interested in Hosting a Screening?
Join us in the movement to create a more dementia friendly Nevada! We are currently looking to schedule community screenings in September, October and November of 2018. Churches, clinics and health fairs are welcomed. To arrange a screening, please email Isaac Santa-Ana at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (702)-685-7072.
Our Training Process
Qualified healthcare professionals and nursing students of the College of Southern Nevada administer our screenings. AFA provides training materials to each screening site, and training videos are available to screeners on a secure website. Screenings are face-to-face and results are reviewed with participants immediately after.
March 6th, 2018
Our last memory screening took place at the Christ Church Episcopal in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ages ranged from 21 to 93 years old. Of the 30 participants, 24 had never been screened before. What a great success in spreading awareness throughout our community!