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Providence ElderPlace and Park Place Assisted Living to Offer Free, Confidential Memory Screenings on National Memory Screening Day

October 22, 2013

Cynthia Flash
(425) 603-9520

Seattle, WA (Oct. 22, 2013): As part of National Memory Screening Day – an annual initiative of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) – Providence ElderPlace and Park Place Assisted Living in Seattle will offer free, confidential memory screenings on Nov. 19, 2013. Screenings will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at Park Place Assisted Living, 6900 37th Ave. S., Seattle.

Qualified healthcare professionals from Providence ElderPlace will administer the memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-to-face screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to 10 minutes to administer.

"We are so pleased that the Alzheimer's Foundation of America is providing this valuable screening, and hope to see many in the Seattle area stopping by Park Place on Nov. 19," said Wendy Davis, Park Place resident services director. "So many people are touched by this disease, whether it be a friend, family member or themselves, that it is important to learn as much as we can.  Be proactive and come see us during the National Memory Screening Day."

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America suggests memory screenings for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.

Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score poorly as well as those who still have concerns to pursue a full medical examination.

Such screenings are becoming increasingly important as the number of Baby Boomers turning age 65—the at-risk age group for Alzheimer’s disease—continues to climb. The federal government’s historic “National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease” urges a greater emphasis on both early diagnosis and education about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. However, a 2010 survey by the Foundation found that 92 percent of those polled had never been screened by their primary healthcare provider and 83 percent who were worried about their memory had not discussed their concerns with a healthcare provider.

“Brain health should be on everyone’s radar screen, especially as you age. Memory screenings are a first but critical step toward finding out where you stand now and what additional steps you might need to take,” said Carol Steinberg, president of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Some memory problems, like those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid issues, are readily treatable and even curable. Others might be due to Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Although there currently is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, early intervention can improve the quality of an individual’s life; available medications may help slow progression of symptoms and diagnosed individuals can more readily participate in long-term care planning.

Warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease include forgetting people’s names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion and personality changes.

Dubbed by many as a “silver tsunami,” the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple to 13.8 million by mid-century. Advanced age is the greatest known risk factor for the disease, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions, and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

For more information about National Memory Screening Day, call 866-232-8484 or visit www.nationalmemoryscreening.org.

Providence ElderPlace is an innovative program of healthcare and social services for older adults. The model of care is known as PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly). PACE programs keep older adults as healthy as possible in the community by providing comprehensive health care and social services including: primary and specialty medical care, a day health program, social work services, rehabilitation, housing (if necessary) and more.

Providence ElderPlace has centers on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South in South Seattle, Providence Mount St. Vincent in West Seattle, and now at Full Life Kent. Participants attend the Providence ElderPlace centers on a regular basis and transportation is provided. The Providence ElderPlace team of health care and social service professionals and affiliates provide comprehensive integrated care to participants. For more information go to http://washington.providence.org/senior-care/elderplace.

Park Place Assisted Living offers 154 beautifully spacious one bedroom and studio apartments for seniors who are benefitting from the Medicaid/COPES program, or for those privately paying. We provide flexible personal care programs for each resident, coordinated by our licensed nurses. All three meals are provided in your choice of our Dining Room or Deli. Our daily calendar includes activities to enhance your physical, mental and social well being, from exercise class to trivia, and shopping to concerts, there is something for everyone! Located conveniently in the New Holly Park neighborhood of Seattle, we are near shopping, medical facilities, places of worship and local parks. For more information call 206-722-7275 or visit www.parkplaceassistedliving.org.