CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is providing free memory screenings in order to raise awareness about the disease that affects more than 5 million Americans.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has screening sites throughout the country, but because of the coronavirus pandemic they are now offering the screenings virtually. On Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays during the month of November, you can undergo a free, virtual memory screening with the AFA.
The screenings last about 10 minutes. If a person does not pass, it is recommended they follow-up with their physician. The screenings are not meant to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, instead it serves as a check-up for your cognitive health.
“We tell them to follow up with their physician because it may be a vitamin deficiency, high blood pressure, diabetes, their medication may be causing memory issues. So that’s why we encourage everyone to get a memory screening because it could be something as simple as that or an underlying issue causing it as well,” Alicia Gomez with AFA said.
For more information, click here or call: www.alzfdn.org or call AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484.