FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 2, 2014
ALZHEIMER'S FOUNDATION OF AMERICA AND RITE AID TO OFFER FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS NATIONWIDE
Rite Aid Pharmacists Will Provide Screening During Company's wellness65+ Wednesday Event on June 4
NEW YORK (June 2, 2014) —In an effort to spotlight the importance of early detection of memory problems, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is collaborating with Rite Aid to offer free, confidential memory screenings at all Rite Aid stores on June 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The screenings will be available during the chain's monthly wellness65+ Wednesday event, which is designed to help seniors better enjoy their everyday life by proactively managing their health.
Rite Aid pharmacists at all Rite Aid pharmacies in 31 states and the District of Columbia will administer the paper screenings, which consist of a series of questions and tasks and last approximately five to 10 minutes. While screening results are not a diagnosis, they can indicate whether someone should follow up with a primary care physician or other healthcare professional for a thorough medical evaluation. Educational materials from AFA about brain health will also be available to customers.
"Rite Aid is providing an invaluable service by offering memory screenings in convenient neighborhood locations," said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA's chief executive officer. "Its participation sends the message that it's OK for people to talk about memory concerns and to be proactive about brain health."
The collaboration is part of AFA's new initiative, Community Memory Screening and Awareness-Raising Education (AFA C.A.R.E.S.). AFA C.A.R.E.S. builds on AFA's successful National Memory Screening Day—held annually since 2003—by expanding the availability of free, confidential memory screenings from one designated date to various times throughout the year at community sites across the country. To find a screening site, visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org.
Rite Aid's upcoming screening event comes on the heels of the entire chain's participation in National Memory Screening Day in 2013.
AFA suggests memory screenings for people concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; or who believe they are at risk due to a family history of Alzheimer's disease or a related illness. Screenings also are appropriate for anyone who does not have a concern right now, but who wants to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.
Some memory problems can be readily treated, such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other memory problems might result from causes that are not currently reversible, such as Alzheimer's disease.
Early detection of Alzheimer's disease can help improve the quality of life for the individual and family members. It provides an opportunity to take advantage of available treatments and support services, have a voice in long-term care and financial planning discussions, and participate in clinical trials.
The AFA C.A.R.E.S. initiative was made possible by a grant from the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. For more information, call (toll free) 866-232-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.
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About Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America, based in New York, is a national nonprofit organization that unites more than 1,700 member organizations nationwide with the goal of providing optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families. Its services include a toll-free helpline staffed by licensed social workers, educational materials, a free quarterly magazine for caregivers, and professional training. For more information about AFA, call toll-free 866-232-8484, visit www.alzfdn.org, follow us on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook.
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