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Free memory screenings offered by foundation

Staff Report

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America will offer free memory screenings in Carson City from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12 at Raley’s, 3701 S. Carson St.

According to the foundation, memory screenings are a significant first step toward finding out if a person may have a memory problem. Memory problems could be caused by Alzheimer’s disease or other medical problems.

Throughout the month, Dr. Ken Romeo of Reno’s In-Home Assisted Care Company will hold memory screening in Northern Nevada.

Another screening will be 9-5 p.m. Thursday at the Gardnerville Raley’s, 1363 Highway 395.

It coincides with National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, observed during November.

“Every 72 seconds someone develops Alzheimer’s disease in America,” Romeo said in a press release, “and early detection and treatment can make a major difference in the quality of life.”

The face-to-face screening, conducted by a qualified health care professional, takes about five minutes to administer and consists of a series of questions and/or tasks.

It is estimated that as many as 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, which causes loss of memory and other intellectual functions. With age the greatest known risk factor, the incidence of the disease doubles every five years between 65 and 95.

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

For information, call (toll-free) 866-AFA-8484 or visit http://www.alzfdn.org.