Starting in March, Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) in Huntington Beach will begin offering free memory checkups aimed at helping to identify possible memory loss and changes in cognition. The initiative is designed to raise awareness of the importance of detecting memory loss early on and address the lack of access to screenings. Participants will also be provided with education about memory loss.
“Getting a memory checkup is quick and simple,” says Cheryl Alvarez, Psy.D., AFC’s Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health. “Unfortunately, there is still a stigma associated with dementia. Our memory screenings are a check-up for your brain. They should be done every year, just like blood pressure and cholesterol checks.”
Participants will sit down with a trained professional who will administer a 20-minute questionnaire. It was clinically designed to determine whether any concerns may be related to normal aging or warrant an additional check-up. Results will be presented onsite and are not meant to be a diagnosis. The screenings are completely confidential.
AFC’s free checkups were introduced at its first Healthy Brain Fair in November 2017. Nearly 300 people attended and, of those screened, 80% had a memory concern serious enough to refer on for additional assessment.
The memory checkups are offered by appointment the second Tuesday of the month from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Confirmed dates are Tuesday, March 13 and Tuesday, April 10. AFC is located at 9451 Indianapolis Avenue Huntington Beach, CA.
For more information or an appointment, please contact AFC at (714) 593-9630.