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BRICK – NJ—With memory concerns and increasing health risks being major topics of interest for the aging population, especially as the first baby boomers turn 65 next year, The Haven at Shorrock Gardens is answering the call by offering free, confidential memory screenings and educational materials about brain health on November 16.

The event is part of National Memory Screening Day (NMSD), an annual initiative that the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) holds each November during National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Approximately 2,000 sites across the country will be participating. The Haven at Shorrock Gardens will provide the memory screenings at 75 Old Toms River Rd., Brick, NJ, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. For more information or to schedule and appointment, call 732-451-1000.

 

“The screenings take just five to ten minutes, but are extremely valuable for monitoring memory function,” says Wendy Metzger, Administrator at The Haven at Shorrock Gardens.” She continued, “Checking your brain is as important as checking the health of the rest of your body.”

Qualified healthcare professionals conduct the face-to-face screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks to test memory, language skills, thinking ability and other intellectual functions, as a first step towards the detection of memory problems. The results do not represent a diagnosis, but they can indicate whether the individual should follow up with a primary care provider or other qualified healthcare professional.

Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other memory problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer’s disease. In general, the earlier the diagnosis, the easier it is to treat one of these conditions.

Memory screenings are for adults concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; or who believe they are at risk due to a family history of Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness. Screenings also are appropriate for those who do not have a concern right now, but who want to see how their memory is now for future comparisons.

“Be proactive about your memory,” said Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and CEO. “People need to understand that Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you notice memory problems, don’t be afraid to take steps to find out what’s really going on. Available treatments and support services can improve quality of life.”

Warning signs of dementia include forgetting people’s names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills and confusion over daily routines.

Currently, as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the incidence is rising in line with the aging population. Advanced age is the greatest known risk factor. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.

The Haven at Shorrock Gardens offers residents with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias a comfortable, home-like atmosphere with cozy accommodations. The Haven was specially designed to provide memory care in a secure assisted living setting. The highly qualified staff of The Haven has received specialized training in memory care techniques and provides individual and personalized care and attention to all our residents. The Haven is conveniently attached to Shorrock Gardens Care Center, which provides a complete continuum of care if needed.

Visit The Haven at Shorrock Gardens in person at 75 Old Toms River Road in Brick, NJ. For more information on the free Memory Screen or on The Haven at Shorrock Gardens, please call 732-451-1000.