Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) is offering free, confidential memory screenings on Tuesday, November 19, in conjunction with the National Memory Screening Day initiative of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
The Memory Screening Day is an annual program that emphasizes the importance of proper detection and treatment of memory problems, as well as educates the public about successful aging and resources available to senior citizens.
Hospital Social Worker Kristi Barnett, LSW has been trained to provide the memory screenings, which take ten to fifteen minutes and consist of questions and tasks designed to test memory, language skills, and other intellectual functions. The confidential screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness, and does not replace a consultation with a physician should you have concerns about memory loss. However, it is an important first step toward finding out the cause of memory problems. Certain memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems.
Contact Barnett at 319-824-4129 or Kristi.Barnett@unitypoint.org to schedule a memory screening.