Free memory screenings

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Visiting Angels in Westminster is offering free confidential memory screenings as part of National Memory Screening Day, an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

The screenings will be administrated 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Visiting Angels, 5130 W. 80th Ave., Suite 101A, and will be done by qualified health professionals.

Kristen Middleton, director of Visiting Angels, an employment agency for caregivers, said the screenings take about five to 10 minutes and any questionable screening results in a prompt visit to the individual’s primary care physician or a specialist. She said people will also receive educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving.

“People won’t be walking out with a diagnosis, but it’s a great opportunity for people who have questions about memory loss or Alzheimer’s to stop in and get screened,” she said. “I think a lot of people have questions about their memory and forgetting things. So with these screenings some people will find out that their memory is normal.”

Middleton said for many people, the screenings are way to feel reassured in their memory health. Some people come in with trepidation but Middleton hopes most leave with a smile on their face and a sense of relief.

“The sooner you can know if there is a potential problem the better. As well as finding out that there isn’t a problem at all,” Middleton said. “For us at Visiting Angels, it’s also an opportunity to provide something back to the community.”

For more information or to set up an appointment for a memory screening, call 303-650-2881. For more information about National Memory Screening Day, call 866-232-8484 or visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org.

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