Clark Memorial Hospital participates in America’s 11th annual National Memory Screening Day on November 19

October 8, 2015

Clark Memorial Hospital will participate in the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s 11th annual National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. This event raises awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses on a national scale. Join Ashley Oliver, LCSW, Lead Therapist at Clark Memorial Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services in Classroom 1 located in the lower level of the hospital from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

National Memory Screening Day is one of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s ongoing national efforts to promote early detection of memory problems, including Alzheimer’s disease and to encourage intervention including medical treatments, social services, and other resources. The National Memory Screening Day takes place in November in recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

Most people with dementia are often not diagnosed by their primary care providers and families often do not recognize early cognitive symptoms. Memory screening is a simple evaluation tool that checks memory and other thinking skills. The screening can indicate if an additional check up is needed by a qualified healthcare professional. Memory screenings take place face-to-face in a private setting with only the individual and screener present. The screening consists of a series of questions and or tasks designed to test memory, language skills, thinking ability and other intellectual functions. The results are confidential and are given to the individual to bring to their healthcare professional for follow-up or inclusion in medical files.

The goal of this event is to promote early detection and intervention for those concerned with memory loss, provide free confidential memory screenings, eliminate the stigma and fears associated with dementia, encourage follow-up exams for those with memory problems and educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease and successful aging.

Clark Memorial Hospital’s participation in this national event offers southern Indiana residents a chance to learn about memory loss and successful aging. For more information and to register, please contact Ashley Oliver, LCSW at (812) 283-2742 or visit www.clarkmemorial.org.