LACONIA — As part of National Memory Screening Day—an annual initiative of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA)— Taylor Community in Laconia will offer free, confidential memory screenings on November 19. Screenings will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Woodside building at Taylor Community, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia.
Qualified healthcare professionals will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to 10 minutes to administer.
"We are pleased once again to offer this free service for seniors who live here at Taylor as well as any others seniors living here in the Lakes Region." said Liz Pomeroy, vice president of health services and organizational development at Taylor."
AFA suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.
Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score poorly as well as those who still have concerns to pursue a full medical examination.