The Madison Valley Manor is encouraging members of the community to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free, confidential memory screenings and information about successful aging on November 12.
The event is part of National Memory Screening Day (NMSD), an annual initiative that the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) holds each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. More than 2,000 sites across the country will be participating.
The Madison Valley Manor will provide the memory screenings at 211 N. Main St., from10am~4pm. For more information and an appointment call 682-7271.
Healthcare professionals Christine Canterbury, DON and Leslie Skilllman M.ED will be conducting the screenings. Christine has recently received her Certified Dementia Practitioner certification in Billings. This credential recognizes the highest standard in Alzheimer’s and Dementia education. Leslie has extensive experience working with individuals with Dementia in a variety of settings for over 10 years. The screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to ten minutes. Screening results are not a diagnosis, and individuals with below-normal scores or who have concerns are encouraged to pursue a full medical exam.
Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other memory problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer’s disease. In general, the earlier the diagnosis, the easier it is to treat one of these conditions.
Currently, as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the incidence is rising in line with the swell of aging baby boomers. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.