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NEW YORK, NY (KNWA / KFTA) – November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer Foundation of America (AFA) encourages Americans to be proactive about their brain health by achieving a memory screening.

AFA offers free virtual memory screenings (conducted one-on-one using secure videoconferencing technology) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as part of its national memory screening program.

Appointments can be made by calling 866-232-8484 or by clicking here. The program is open to everyone, with no minimum age or insurance prerequisites.

“Memory screenings are an important part of a good health and wellness routine for everyone, even if you don’t have memory problems. Just as we get regular screenings for other parts of our body, we should all have regular check-ups from neck to neck. If you haven’t been screened yet, Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is a great time.

Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., President and CEO of the Alzheimer Foundation of America

According to an AFA press release, memory tests are performed by trained professionals and consist of a series of questions to assess memory, language, thinking skills, and other intellectual functions.

Results are provided and explained at the end of the screening, which normally takes 10 to 15 minutes. The results are not a diagnosis, but a memory screening can suggest whether someone needs to see a doctor for a full evaluation.

AFA says early detection of memory problems is important. Memory problems can be caused by a number of medical conditions, including vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, urinary tract infections, and depression, which are treatable or curable.

If the memory problem is the result of a dementia-related disease such as Alzheimer’s disease, early detection may allow the person to start treatment and therapeutic interventions earlier, providing more opportunities to participate in clinical trial and take a more active role in developing their health, legal and financial plans, according to the AFA.

Appointments for a free virtual memory screening can be made by calling the AFA at 866-232-8484 or by clicking here.