It is estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. The number is escalating in line with the aging population; the first baby boomers began turning 65 in 2011. Advanced age is the greatest risk factor, with the incidence of the disease doubling every five years between 65 and 95.
Every year the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) sponsors National Memory Screening Day and once again, Morris Psychological Group will be participating. The Screenings will be held on Wednesday November 19th, 2014 from 1:30-4:30pm at our offices at 50 Cherry Hill Road, Suite 305, Parsippany, NJ. The screenings will be conducted by Neuropsychologist Dr. Ashley Gorman and no appointments are necessary. People are welcome to just walk in. For more information about the memory screenings call 973-257-9000 ext 218.
National Memory Screening Day serves as a starting point for discussions about memory concerns and lifestyle changes—diet, managing stress, physical and mental exercise—that may help people age successfully. Memory problems could be caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other medical conditions.
The goals of the memory screening program are to:
• Provide free, confidential memory screenings to those with memory concerns or who want to check their memory
• Eliminate the stigma and fears associated with dementia
• Encourage those with memory problems to follow up with an exam by a physician or other qualified healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis, treatment, social services and community resources
• Educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease and successful aging
• Alleviate the fears of those who do not have a problem