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South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging To Offer Free Memory Screenings for Seniors E-mail
Written by Debbie Caneen, President, South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging   

Sun City Center, FL Monday, Sept. 14, 2015: The Coalition will offer free memory screenings to seniors on the third Thursday of each month beginning October 15th at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center and on the third Tuesday of each month beginning October 20that The United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd W, Sun City Center.

A memory screening is a simple and safe evaluation tool that checks memory and other cognitive skills. The screening*, which consists of a series of questions and tasks, is approximately 30 minutes and is administered by qualified healthcare professionals. Screening results are not a diagnosis, and individuals with below-normal scores or who have concerns are encouraged to pursue a full medical exam by a licensed physician.

Volunteers will conduct the memory screenings, provide education about risk factors and explain screening results. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, early diagnosis allows patients to enjoy a higher quality of life because current treatments can slow the progression of the disease.

The mission of the South Shore Coalition for Mental Health and Aging is to promote healthy aging and to facilitate optimum mental health through developing affiliations with our community partners, by providing education, support and outreach to SouthShore residents, and by providing direct services for them.“As President of the Coalition, it is my pleasure to work with outstanding volunteers who are willing to provide these FREE memory screenings on an ongoing basis to the SouthShore community. We are excited to begin screening!” said Debbie Caneen.

Currently, as many as 5.1 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, and the incidence is rising in line with the swell of aging baby boomers. The prevalence of Alzheimer's disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.

To learn more about the memory screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 813-419-4902.Interested in participating as a volunteer screener? Attend an overview at the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce, 1651 Sun City Center Plaza at 1:00 pm on Thursday October 1st

*A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a medical provider. Screening not recommended for persons already under a physician’s care for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.