Free nationwide memory screenings

In an effort to detect Alzheimer's disease as soon as possible, a multitude of facilities are offering free memory screenings on Tuesday, November 18th in honor of National Memory Screening Day.

The annual event is put on by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America and all of the tests administered during the day will be confidential.

Free nationwide memory screenings

While there is no cure for the debilitating disease, it has become increasingly important to detect the condition as early as possible.

Dr Steven T DeKosy, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh, said early detection was crucial for the patient and their family members, reports.

"We also know that dementia comes in many forms, and part of the sorting of people who begin to lose thinking abilities in late life is trying to sort which ones are Alzheimer's disease and which are maybe some other kind of [intellectual] impairment," DeKosy told the website.

An estimated 5.2 million people in the U.S. are currently living with Alzheimer's disease. By 2030, it's estimated the number of individuals age 65 and older with the disease will reach 7.7 million.

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