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KHQ MD: Memory Screening Tests Underway In Spokane For Alzheimer's Awareness Month

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SPOKANE, Wash. – We've all done it: forgotten where we put our car keys or the name of the person we just met. But sometimes those little things can add up to a red flag when it comes to dementia and memory loss. November 19th is National Memory Screening Day as part of Alzheimer's Awareness Month.

The screening only takes five minutes and is comprised of three parts: word recall, a timed test and a drawing. People over 50 are encouraged to take the test, but it can also help people of any age.

"Some mental health issues can cause dementia or memory loss, there are some vitamin deficiencies, thyroid deficiencies can cause memory loss so it's not just specific to the elderly population just because those are conditions that can strike anybody at any age," Fred Meyer Clinical Staff Pharmacist Garrett Burgess told KHQ's Kelsey Watts.  

It's expected that Alzheimer's will affect more than 13 million Americans by mid-century – triple the current number. Some warning signs include forgetting people's names and events, asking repetitive questions, confusion and personality changes.  

The memory screening test is meant to create a baseline for memory function so that any changes can be measured in future tests. 

If there is a red flag, you'll be encouraged to see your doctor. While Alzheimer's isn't reversible there are medications that can help restore memory loss. To make an appointment, call 509-532-4033.

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