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November 15

VNA Of Florida Holding Free Memory Screenings

For those experiencing early signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia, symptoms can be subtle, often dismissed as confusion or senility. While not a diagnosis, memory screenings can help define the line between old age and serious illness.

The free memory screening occurs:

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea, 141 South County Road, Palm Beach

“These screenings are fundamental in determining whether or not someone has memory problems,” says Nicolette Christie, an advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) with extensive neurological experience who conducts the screenings and also staffs VNA of Florida’s mobile medical clinic. “Many individuals with dementia remain undiagnosed and family members often fail to recognize early cognitive symptoms.”

Dementia can be treated, and in several cases even reversed.

“Many individuals I see for these screenings have little knowledge of what dementia is,” says Christie, “An important aspect of this service is having the ability to answer their questions about dementia disorders.”

With both dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, timely recognition can make all the difference for an individual’s quality of life. “While these screenings won’t diagnose any specific illness, they can identify a need for a referral for further evaluation,” says Christie.

VNA of Florida will continue to provide free memory screenings for those who may be suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. For reservations, please contact Megan Bowden at 772.286.8157, ext. 1078.

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