Memory Screenings

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Most of us recognize the benefits of annual physical exams and routine medical appointments for blood pressure and cholesterol checks. However, there is also a benefit to having our memory screened, especially for older adults. Memory screenings can provide valuable information about how your memory is doing, and although not a diagnostic tool, is a timely way to determine if a person has a problem with his or her memory and should seek further evaluation by a specialist.

Memory screening promotes early detection of memory impairment. Benefits include:

  • Education on what is considered typical age-related memory changes
  • First step in identification of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Providing feedback from an objective source
  • Promoting early diagnosis and intervention

Benefits of early identification and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Medications to preserve function and slow progression
  • Increased opportunity to participate in clinical trials
  • Early intervention and support for the caregiver

Free, confidential memory screenings are conducted by trained MoCA (Montreal Cognitive Assessment) administrators and take approximately 30 minutes.

If you would like to schedule a memory screening, please contact Christin Carpenter at (616) 234-2844.

Christin Carpenter, MHA
Program Director of Education, Alzheimer’s Alliance
400 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 234-2844

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The Alzheimer’s Alliance is seeking host sites to conduct free, memory screenings in the community. Organizations with ideal sites will be able to provide space of 2-3 private rooms with adjacent waiting area, as well as easy access to parking and building entry for potential participants.

Memory screening provides the opportunity to increase awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, provide education and promote early intervention. In addition, hosting a memory screening event at your organization will serve to connect community members to resources, services and support. Organizations will further benefit from free advertisement and be recognized on the Alzheimer’s Alliance website for hosting memory screening events.

If your organization would like to host a memory screening event, please contact Christin Carpenter at (616) 234-2844.

Christin Carpenter, MHA
Program Director of Education, Alzheimer’s Alliance
400 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 234-2844

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The community-based memory screening program provides the opportunity to increase awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, provide education, eliminate myths about memory loss and help promote early intervention. Although not a diagnostic tool, memory screening is a timely way to determine if a person has a problem with his or her memory and should seek further evaluation by a specialist.

Early and accurate diagnosis of memory problems is very important. Benefits of early identification of Alzheimer’s disease include medications to preserve function and slow progression of the disease, increased opportunity to participate in clinical trials and early intervention and support for the caregiver.

Memory screenings will be administered at various times in locations such as community wellness centers, places of worship, retirement communities or other accessible community venues.

Volunteers are trained to review medical history and medications, administer a standard neuropsychological instrument or cognitive test and provide results and recommendations, including community resources and clinical trial opportunities. An ideal volunteer would be someone with clinical experience in the health care field, with an interest in helping people with Alzheimer’s disease or memory problems and who enjoys engaging with fellow community members. We estimate volunteers should be able to provide 10-15 hours per month. However, time commitments are flexible and can be adapted to the volunteer’s schedule and availability.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Christin Carpenter at (616) 234-2844.

Christin Carpenter, MHA
Program Director of Education, Alzheimer’s Alliance
400 Monroe Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 234-2844

Grand rapids Screening LocationsAmerican House Grand Rapids    2619 Kalamazoo Ave SE
Alzheimer's Alliance