USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute Hosts Memory Screeing Day
General Event Information
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute will offer free, confidential memory screenings and information about memory loss on National Memory Screening Day, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Institute, 4001 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, FL 33613 (Reservations are required).
Qualified healthcare professionals will administer memory screenings,*which consist of a series of questions and tasks. Screening results are not a diagnosis, and individuals with below-normal scores or who have concerns are encouraged to pursue a full medical exam.
National Memory Screening Day is an annual initiative founded by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and is held each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. On this day, in addition to memory screenings, community members will have access to health screenings, medication reviews with a clinical pharmacist, exhibit booths, and information on successful aging. Health screenings will include blood pressure checks, hearing screenings, computerized balance assessments, and tremor screenings offered through the USF Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center (6th floor of Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute).
Anyone concerned about memory changes, with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, or who wants a memory check now for future comparison may benefit from a screening. Warning signs of dementia include forgetting names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion over daily routines, and erratic mood swings.
As many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the incidence is rising with the upswing of aging baby boomers. The prevalence of Alzheimer's disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.
To learn more about National Memory Screening Day, visit http://alz.health.usf.edu, or call (813) 396-0659 to schedule an appointment for a memory screening.
* A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a medical provider. Screening not recommended for persons already under a physician’s care for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.