Alzheimer's Foundation for Caregiving in Canada

Alzheimer's Foundation for Caregiving in Canada

April 19, 2011 17:59 ET

Alzheimer's Foundation to Hold National Memory Screening Day

Looks to Healthcare Professionals to Participate in Local Areas

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 19, 2011) - With memory concerns and successful aging major topics of concern for the nation's aging population, the Alzheimer's Foundation for Caregiving in Canada (AFCC) is answering the call by offering free, confidential memory screenings and educational materials about brain health during its 4th annual National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) on June 14.

AFCC holds the initiative each June during Seniors' Month as part of its overall strategy to promote early detection of memory problems and appropriate intervention.

Eric J. Hall, AFCC's founder and chief executive officer, is encouraging more healthcare professionals to get involved by conducting screenings in their communities. The tests can be administered by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and other qualified healthcare professionals. Appropriate venues include doctors' offices, pharmacies, long-term care facilities, and senior centers.

"As the nation's population ages, it's more important than ever for healthcare professionals to come on board and start a dialogue about memory problems. Only by talking about memory concerns will the public be more apt to do something about them," Hall said.

Currently, approximately 100 pharmacies nationwide, are set to offer the face-to-face, non-invasive screenings on National Memory Screening Day.

The screening consists of a series of questions and tasks to test memory, language skills and other intellectual functions, and takes about five minutes to administer. The results do not represent a diagnosis, and screeners encourage individuals with below-normal scores as well as those who still have concerns to pursue a full medical exam.

AFCC suggests memory screenings for individuals concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; or who believe they are at risk due to a family history of Alzheimer's disease or a related illness. Screenings also are appropriate for those who do not have a concern right now, but who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.

It is estimated that as many as half a million Canadians currently have Alzheimer's disease, which causes loss of memory and other intellectual functions. With advancing age the greatest known risk factor, the incidence is expected to more than double in the next 25 years as the nation's population rapidly ages.

For information about AFCC's National Memory Screening Day, including how to sign up as a screening site, visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.ca or call 1-877-321-2595.

The remembrance sponsor of the event this year is The GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.

About the AFCC

The Alzheimer's Foundation for Caregiving in Canada (AFCC) is a national not-for profit charity headquartered in Richmond Hill, Ontario whose mission is to provide optimal care to individuals with dementia and their families. Its member organizations provide programs and services to meet the educational, emotional, practical and social needs of families affected by the brain disorder. For more information, visit www.alzfdn.ca or call 1-877-321-2595.

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