NEW YORK – In an effort to spotlight the importance of early detection of memory problems, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America on Monday announced it is collaborating with Rite Aid to offer free, confidential memory screenings at all Rite Aid stores on June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The screenings will be available during the chain's monthly wellness65+ Wednesday event, which is designed to help seniors better enjoy their everyday life by proactively managing their health.
Rite Aid pharmacists will administer the paper screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks and last approximately five to 10 minutes. While screening results are not a diagnosis, they can indicate whether someone should follow up with a primary care physician or other healthcare professional for a thorough medical evaluation. Educational materials from AFA about brain health will also be available to customers.
"Rite Aid is providing an invaluable service by offering memory screenings in convenient neighborhood locations," said Charles Fuschillo, Jr., AFA's CEO. "Its participation sends the message that it's OK for people to talk about memory concerns and to be proactive about brain health."
The collaboration is part of AFA's new initiative, Community Memory Screening and Awareness-Raising Education. AFA C.A.R.E.S. builds on AFA's National Memory Screening Day-held annually since 2003-by expanding the availability of free, confidential memory screenings from one designated date to various times throughout the year at community sites across the country.
Rite Aid's upcoming screening event comes on the heels of the entire chain's participation in National Memory Screening Day in 2013.
AFA suggests memory screenings for people 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 anyone who does not have a concern right now, but who wants to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.
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.