National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Supports National Memory Screening Day (NMSD)

Annual Initiative Established by Alzheimer’s Foundation to Promote Healthy Aging

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Just as early detection and intervention of memory problems is critical, so is early planning with a qualified attorney to ensure that family members with memory problems receive quality help and care in ways that do not bankrupt the family.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) November 13, 2012

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) joined the list of supporters for National Memory Screening Day (NMSD), an annual initiative of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) in which qualified health care professionals at local sites nationwide provide free, confidential memory screenings and educational materials to the public. NMSD is also intended to educate the public about “successful aging,” including the benefits of proper diet, physical exercise, mental stimulation, and stress management.

Last year, over 96,500 people participated in NMSD at over 2,540 sites nationwide. This is a 12 percent growth over the previous year’s participation, and demonstrates the growing public awareness of the value of early detection and intervention for memory problems. In addition, the AFA is increasingly using NMSD as a jumping-off point to start and continue dialogue with leaders in Congress and other policymakers about developing a national dementia screening policy and the importance of early detection.

Successful aging also includes making sure the proper legal documents are in place in the event you are unable to care for yourself. NAELA members are well equipped to assist families whose loved ones could be experiencing memory problems, or need advice on caregiving issues and long-term care planning.

NAELA has long advocated for the rights of seniors and people with disability and we are proud to support the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Memory Screening Day.

"NAELA's support of National Memory Screening Day is consistent with the essential role that NAELA members play in helping the families of individuals with memory problems to maintain the quality of life of their loved ones. Just as early detection and intervention of memory problems is critical, so is early planning with a qualified attorney to ensure that family members with memory problems receive quality help and care in ways that do not bankrupt the family," said NAELA President Gregory S. French, CELA, CAP.

To receive a free NAELA brochure: “Questions and Answers When Looking for an Elder and Special Needs Law Attorney,” contact Communications Specialist Abby Matienzo by email at amatienzo(at)naela(dot)org, or by phone at 703-942-5711 #230.

Find an Elder and Special Needs Law attorney in your area using NAELA’s Member Directory.

About the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a leading national nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and focused on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families. It unites over 1,600 member organizations nationwide. Visit alzfdn.org or call 866-AFA-8484.

About NAELA
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance, and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org.

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