Last updated: November 14. 2013 10:03AM - 530 Views
Wil Petty Staff Writer jpetty@civitasmedia.com

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Ashe Services for Aging will participate in National Memory Screening Day by providing free memory screenings at the Ashe Senior Center next week.

“We usually have a really good turnout,” said Glenda Luther, volunteer coordinator for Ashe Services for Aging. “We hope that everyone comes out to take advantage of the screenings.”

The memory screenings will take place at the Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Luther said the screenings will be confidential. In order to participate, people will have to sign up for the screenings, done in 30 minute increments, and fill out some paperwork.

“A screening will consist of a series of questions that test a person’s memory,” she said.

The screenings, and National Memory Screening Day, are being sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The Ashe Services for Aging’s CAP case managers will be giving the tests.

An example of what would be asked would be for a person to remember five items, continue with the survey and at the end reiterate what those five items were.

“If the seniors are above a certain point scale, then they are OK,” Luther said. “If they fall below that (scale), they receive a letter they can take to their doctor showing the results of the screening.”

The tests are entirely preliminary. Luther said the screenings do not diagnose anybody having symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

“(The screening) is just a series of questions that can indicate memory issues,” she said.

Following the screening, participants will then be asked to complete a survey.

For more information about the screenings, call the Senior Center at (336) 246-2461.

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