HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (PRWEB) March 06, 2018
Starting in March, Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) in Huntington Beach will begin offering free memory screenings aimed at helping to identify possible memory loss and changes in cognition. The initiative is designed to raise awareness of the importance of detecting memory loss early on and address the lack of access to screenings. Participants will also be provided with education about memory loss.
“Getting a memory screening is quick and simple,” says Cheryl Alvarez, Psy.D., AFC’s Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health. “Unfortunately, there is still a stigma associated with dementia. Our memory screenings are a check-up for your brain. They should be done every year, just like blood pressure and cholesterol checks.”
Participants will sit down with a trained professional who will administer a 20-minute questionnaire. It was clinically designed to determine whether any concerns may be related to normal aging or warrant an additional check-up. Results will be presented onsite and are not meant to be a diagnosis. The screenings are completely confidential.
AFC’s free screenings were introduced at its first Healthy Brain Fair in November 2017. Nearly 300 people attended and, of those screened, 80% had a memory concern serious enough to refer on for additional assessment.
The memory screenings are offered by appointment the second Tuesday of the month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Confirmed dates are Tuesday, March 13 and Tuesday, April 10. AFC is located at 9451 Indianapolis Avenue Huntington Beach, CA.
For more information or an appointment, please contact AFC at (714) 593-9630.
About Alzheimer’s Family Center
Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) is Orange County’s only adult day health care facility dedicated exclusively to caring for dementia patients. AFC has a 37-year history of improving the quality of life of families challenged by memory loss, such as Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia. Patients benefit through customized programming tailored to the needs of each individual, from the earliest to the most advanced stages of dementia. Families find respite from the demands of caregiving, and the assurance that their loved one is receiving expert memory care, delivered with dignity and respect.
Recent studies show that AFC makes a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of its patients. Our patients experience over 50% fewer falls and a 33% reduction in emergency room visits within 12 months of enrollment in AFC’s programs. As a result, AFC family caregivers find the responsibilities of caregiving to be more manageable when their loved ones are home, away from the center. AFC also provides family caregivers with support and referrals to manage the medical, emotional, and financial challenges of caring for a memory-impaired loved one.