First Posted: 10/30/2014
As part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), Marywood University will offer free and confidential memory screenings from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 at the Psychological Services Center in the McGowan Center on campus.
Qualified healthcare professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to 10 minutes to administer.
Trained and supervised by event organizer Brook Cannon, Ph.D., professor of psychology and clinical neuropsychologist, advanced clinical psychology doctoral students will administer the screenings. While screening results do not provide a diagnosis, individuals with below-normal scores, or who have concerns, are encouraged to pursue a full medical exam and additional cognitive testing.
AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia, for those whose family and friends have noticed changes in them, for people who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia, or for individuals who simply want to see how their memory is now, as a baseline for future comparisons.
For more information about National Memory Screening Day at Marywood University, call the Psychological Services Center at 570-348-6269.