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About National Memory Screening


HISTORY

The sister organization of the Alzheimer's Foundation for Caregiving in Canada the Alzheimer's Foundation of America initiated National Memory Screening Day in 2003 as part of its mission to provide "optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families"…and as part of its focus on "Together for Care…in addition to Cure."

National Memory Screening Day is one of the highlights of AFCC's ongoing national effort to promote early detection of Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses, and to encourage appropriate intervention, including medical treatments, social services and other resources. AFCC believes that memory screenings are a significant first step toward early diagnosis by a qualified health care professional.

AFCC carries out this event in collaboration with organizations and healthcare professionals across the Canada bringing them together for care. Participating sites offer free confidential memory screenings, as well as follow-up resources and educational materials to those concerned about memory loss.

Canada's inaugural National Memory Screening Day was held November 18, 2008.

 

PURPOSE

National Memory Screening Day provides free confidential memory screenings to individuals concerned about memory loss with the objective of early detection and intervention.

The event encourages Canadians to participate by offering screenings at no charge and in convenient locations in communities across the nation.

Why are memory screenings important?