Details for Free Memory Screening April

Fremont Edgewood Vista
offering Free Memory
Screenings
April 17th • 9am-4pm
Fremont — memory loss, dementia and related conditions like Alzheimer’s
disease are among the most pressing health care concerns facing Americans
today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alzheimer’s
affects some 5.7 million adults in the country, many of whom are seniors.
Symptoms did not appear until age 60 in more than 90 percent of people with
Alzheimer’s, while incidence of the disease doubles every five years after 65.
Given the wide effect of dementia and related memory loss, it’s become
ever more important for Americans to get memory screenings to check up
on their health. not only are screenings useful for potentially catching onset
indicators or providing a measure of relief, but screenings are also important
for anybody. Although seniors in particular benefit from having more regular
memory screenings, anyone who undergoes one can benefit from the process.
that’s why edgewood Healthcare has in the past conducted memory screening
days aimed at turning out the local population. engaging seniors and others
who aren’t residents is important to being part of an overall community, and
memory screenings are a valuable service. taking advantages of such resources
can prove beneficial in light of growing worry about dementia.
Despite high level of concern, not many get screened.
the curious gap between concern or fear of memory loss and actual usage
of screenings services was highlighted in a 2015 Harris Poll survey conducted
for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. of the more than 1,000 Americans
polled:
• 89 percent said memory screenings could play an important part to
preventative health care.
• 85 percent said getting a memory screening is well worth the time.
• 89 percent said a memory screening could help in other ways than
Alzheimer’s detection.
However, while 75 percent of respondents said eye health screenings were
important regularly, and 70 percent said the same for blood pressure screenings,
just 43 percent said regular memory screenings were important, which ranked
them below heart, diabetes and skin cancer. this tepid response to memory
screening frequency contrasts with the 53 percent of respondents who said
losing their memory is their greatest fear. What’s more, 97 percent of people
agreed with the statement that memory loss could happen to anybody, but only
44 percent thought everyone should get a memory screening.
People who get a memory screen from edgewood can talk about with their
doctors if they want. A high rate of concern for memory loss didn’t always
translate into action-taking, this despite 87 percent saying they would do
anything to avoid memory loss. So what’s holding back Americans from getting
a memory screen? For one, there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the
process and expectations and lack of awareness: 96 percent were unsure
or wrong that memory screenings take 30 minutes (they take 15 minutes
at most). Forty-one percent were unsure or wrong that memory screenings
were less invasive screenings than those for most other health issues. A mere
16 percent of people in the survey were somewhat or very familiar with
memory screenings. this could be due to lack of personal experience:
• Fewer than 1 in 10 adults ever had a memory screening themselves.
• Fewer than one-quarter of adults know anyone who ever had a
memory screening.
A potential roadblock to getting screened is many don’t want to know if they
might show signs of memory loss: 26 percent said they didn’t want to know if
they were at risk of Alzheimer’s.
Memory screening day connects community with
screening resources
Knowing the importance of memory to overall well-being, edgewood
Healthcare already includes a screening process for all residents in its
communities to determine what memory care services are needed, or could
be needed in the future. But edgewood also appreciates the greater role of
memory screenings in population health, and has offered memory screening
days at some communities, to engage the surrounding public and promote
action to get memory screens.
Carol Wurdeman, rn and edgewood regional Vice President in nebraska,
has overseen memory screening days before and has noted the positive effect
they can have. Far from an intensive process, memory screens, Wurdeman
says, typically take only 15 minutes and test language, critical thinking and
cognition, generally. they’re also not meant to be medical diagnostic tools.
Wurdeman says edgewood offers to refer any results on to physicians, but the
event is more so about engaging communities and motivating people to take
an active stake in their health.
“We saw a son come in with his mom, a husband and a wife, a caregiver with
a senior,” Wurdeman says. “It was all received very positively.”
While participants wait for memory screens, they can access more information
about memory loss, as well as ask staff questions about their experiences.
With plans in the works to host more memory screening days, edgewood
remains committed to not only providing for residents, but advocating for brain
health overall. Preventative and therapeutic steps can be taken to address
memory loss, and it’s important all Americans are aware of their options.
The Free screening will take place April 17th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
call Edgewood at 402-753-8800 for an appointment.
Contact edgewood today for more information on our communities
and memory care services.
Visit our website for more information:
www.edgewoodhealthcare.com
2910 N. Clarkson Street, Fremont, NE 68025

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