/ Last Modified October 25, 2012

Screening Aims to Raise Alzheimer's Awareness

Local residents who attend the event can test their memory, learn more about Alzheimer's disease

Experts say more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, and many more are diagnosed with the disease each day.

The statistics can be frightening, but being proactive can help and that includes participating in one of multiple memory screening events across the country.

In Tucson, the Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) is hosting its 9th annual memory screening day in partnership with the Rotary District 5500 Annual Conference.

Kirti Khalsa, chief operating officer of ARPF, says the screening event consists of completing a simple questionnaire in English or Spanish that asks participants basic questions, such as where they are, their city and state of residence, and the date.

"Typically what we find is ... that most people don't really have a concern, but they come for establishing a baseline of their own recall and memory function," she says.

The screening is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 455 S. Alvernon Way in Tucson from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 27th. It is free and open to the public, but interested parties are asked to RSVP by calling 888-908-5766.

Kirti Khalsa says the activity is part of a national initiative by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, which included more than 2,000 screening sites last year.

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