The goal of memory screenings is to identify people who may need more extensive evaluation. We use a brief cognitive test in people who do not have a prior diagnosis of dementia.
Many people become concerned about their memory as they age, and wonder whether the occasional moment of absent-mindedness is a normal part of aging or something more. It is often difficult, especially in the early stages of a dementia, for physicians to diagnose an individual with whom they have limited contact outside of the time constraints of an office visit. Because dementia medications are more effective the earlier that they are implemented into a regimen, the results of a memory screening may prove very helpful in encouraging further diagnostic screening as early as possible.
Regular memory screenings can be a valuable tool in determining when further evaluation is necessary by establishing a baseline score and tracking changes that might be of concern over time. We conduct monthly memory screenings throughout our region based on the Mini-Mental Status Examination (MMSE), one of the statistically validated instruments suggested by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA).
During these free and confidential screenings, the participant is asked a series of questions aimed at assessing retention of information and ability to process and repeat information as it is given by one of our trained screeners. In total, the process takes approximately 30 minutes. When the screening is complete, the screener provides both the test and the results.
Memory Screenings are administered by our staff. Screenings are available in our Hyannis office and at various community locations. Call (508) 775-5656 to reserve a screening today.
Ten Councils on Aging and Senior Centers across Cape Cod will be among the hundreds of sites across the nation which will offer free, confidential memory screenings on November 19, 2013.