Tuesday is National Memory Screening Day, in honor of Alzheimer's Disease Awareness this November.
In the United States 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease.
The Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County will be conducting free and confidential memory screenings for anyone who would like to get checked.
"It's wonderful for all of us beginning in our 50s or 60s to get a base line and see where we are with our memory issues. Especially since we are living longer and if there are any changes along the way we need to know about them," says Jana Humphrey with the Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County.
Humphrey says by finding out early if you have any memory issues, it will be easier to get help and get early treatment.
That way symptoms can be addressed and the progression can be slowed down.
"If a person does find out that they have memory concerns, we certainly want them to do a follow up with their medical professional because there are lots of things that can cause memory loss. It could be vitamin deficiency, other brain injuries, lots of things beside Alzheimer's" says Humphrey.
A screening consists of a series of questions and, or tasks designed to test memory, language skills, thinking ability and other intellectual functions.
"About 10 percent of folks over the age of 65 are dealing with some type of memory loss. By the time we reach 85-years-old about 50 percent of us are dealing with memory loss. Those are big numbers," says Humphrey.
The test should only take about 10 to 15 minutes.
Locations you can get free memory screenings:
Alzheimer's Alliance of Smith County Office 211 Winchester Dr. Tyler, TX 75701
Tyler Area Senior Citizens Association (TASCA) 10495 CR 2167 Whitehouse, TX 75791
Lindale United Methodist Church 402 W. Hubbard St. Lindale, TX
First Baptist Church, Troup 935 State Hwy. 135 South Troup, TX 75789
West Erwin Church of Christ (Spanish only) 420 West Erwin St. Tyler, TX 75702
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