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Rite Aid, Alzheimer's Foundation offer memory screenings
June 2nd, 2014
NEW YORK – The Alzheimer's Foundation of America has teamed up with Rite Aid Corp. to provide free memory screenings at all Rite Aid stores.
The foundation said Monday that the confidential screenings, designed to highlight early detection of memory problems, will be offered at all of Rite Aid's nearly 4,600 stores on June 4 as part of the drug chain's monthly wellness65+ Wednesday event, which encourages seniors to proactively manage their health.
Rite Aid pharmacists will administer the paper screenings, which entail a series of questions and tasks and last about five to 10 minutes. The Alzheimer's Foundation noted that although the screening results aren't a diagnosis, they can indicate whether someone should follow up with a doctor or other health care professional for a thorough medical evaluation.
In addition, the foundation will provide educational materials about brain health to Rite Aid customers.
"Rite Aid is providing an invaluable service by offering memory screenings in convenient neighborhood locations. Its participation sends the message that it's OK for people to talk about memory concerns and to be proactive about brain health," Charles Fuschillo, chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, said in a statement.
The collaboration is part of the foundation's Community Memory Screening and Awareness-Raising Education (AFA C.A.R.E.S.) initiative. AFA C.A.R.E.S. builds on AFA's National Memory Screening Day, held annually since 2003, by expanding the availability of free memory screenings to community sites across the country. The foundation added that Rite Aid's upcoming screening event comes on the heels of the chain's participation in National Memory Screening Day last year.
The Alzheimer's Foundation recommends 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 because of a family history of Alzheimer's disease or a related illness. Screenings also are suggested for anyone who wants to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.