Information for Participating Sites
As the demand for our services continues to grow, AFA has launched a new National Memory Screening Program. The National Memory Screening Program (NMSP) includes National Memory Screening Week (formerly National Memory Screening Day) which will take place the first week in November each year and AFA’s Community Memory Screening and Awareness-Raising Education: The Road to Early Detection and Care (AFA C.A.R.E.S.) program. The goal of the NMSP is to promote early detection and intervention for those concerned about memory loss, as well as to educate the public about successful aging.
With these initiatives, our goals are to:
- Provide free, confidential memory screenings to those with memory concerns or who want to check their memory
- Eliminate the stigma and fears associated with dementia
- Encourage those with memory problems to follow up with an exam by a physician or other qualified healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis, treatment, social services and community resources
- Educate the public about Alzheimer’s disease and successful aging
- Alleviate the fears of those who do not have a problem
Involvement is simple:
- Sign up here as a site for National Memory Screening Program
- AFA provides all the necessary tools—at no cost—to seamlessly and effectively carry out the memory screenings. These tools include instructions, a memory screening tool, public relations and marketing materials, and educational materials about memory concerns, dementia, caregiving and successful aging. Organizations can download most materials from AFA’s private Internet site and other materials are sent via the mail.
- Participating sites and information about the screening (date, time) are listed on www.nationalmemoryscreening.org.
- The event generates community goodwill and provides the opportunity for the participating organization or practice to raise awareness of the disease and educate the public about its own services.
Participating sites are responsible for:
- Arranging the time and space for the screenings
- Providing AFA with the event details for posting on www.nationalmemoryscreening.org, and alerting AFA if the event details change or the event is cancelled
- Ensuring that appropriate staff are aware of the event and are ready to receive calls and questions from the public about it in advance of and on the day of the event
- Selecting a qualified healthcare professional screener—a physician, psychologist, nurse practitioner, social worker, etc.—to administer the tests (AFA does not provide screeners.)
- Ensuring that your organization/practice is set up for the screening and prepared to handle people coming in for the screenings on the designated date and time
- Distributing and collecting all required forms
- Publicizing the event locally
- Emphasizing to participants that memory screening results are confidential and do not represent a diagnosis
- Encouraging appropriate participants—those with below normal scores and those who continue to have concerns—to follow up with a complete medical exam by a qualified healthcare professional to obtain a proper diagnosis and treatment
- Providing educational materials and community resources to the public
For more information please contact:
- Josie DiChiara, Senior Vice President, External Relations, 866-232-8484 x112 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lauren Totaro, National Program Coordinator, 866-232-8484 x130 or email@example.com
- Amanda Secor, Director of Communications, 866-232-8484 x121 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* This project is made possible with a grant from the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.