St. Anthony’s partnering with MyMemoryWorx for free memory screenings

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EFFINGHAM – Adults 60 and older are being offered a free, confidential memory screening in November as part of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital and MyMemoryWorx are partnering to bring the screenings to older adults on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11 from 10 AM to 3 PM each day.

These screenings are part of the National Memory Screening Program being sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA). Screenings are administered by a certified Cognitive Coach and include research-based testing tools and tips and resources about brain health. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks. They are professional, private and educational.

Each screening takes about 15 minutes, but patients should plan for 30 minutes for an appointment.

According to health officials, getting a memory screening is important because a screening may be able to detect impairment up to 18 years prior to clinical diagnosis.

The AFA says anyone who thinks brain health is important should get a screening, among these other reasons:

  • Concerned about memory loss or experiencing signs of dementia.
  • Whose family members or friends have noticed changes in their memory retention.
  • Who believe they are at risk due to family history, etc. 
  • Warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease include forgetting people’s names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion and personality changes.

In addition to the quick screen option being offered in November, MyMemoryWorx also offers more extensive levels of brain health assessments. It educates people through workshops and conducts courses to stimulate five areas of cognition.

All screenings are by appointment only.

Those interested in more information about the memory screenings or scheduling an appointment can call Kelly Willenborg, with MyMemoryWorx, at 217-254-2149 or visit the website.

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