Free Memory Screenings Offered for Alzheimer’s Awareness

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DES MOINES, Iowa – November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and to do its part, WesleyLife’s Communities for Healthy Living is offering free, confidential memory screenings at six locations in Iowa.

“Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, or loss of intellectual function, among people aged 65 and older. It represents about 60 percent of all cases of dementia. It’s not a normal part of aging,” said Nancy VanWyk, certified dementia practitioner and director of health services at Hearthstone in Pella. “Although every case of Alzheimer’s disease is different, experts have identified some common signs of the brain disease. It’s important to look for signs that might be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease opposed to normal aging. If someone is exhibiting symptoms, that person should check out his or her concerns with a healthcare professional.”

For those with concerns or just a desire to assess their mental acuity, these free screenings will be offered at the following locations on corresponding dates:

  • Park Centre – 500 First Street, Newton: Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preregister by calling Margo Voshell at 641-791-4508
  • Wesley Acres – 3520 Grand Avenue, Des Moines: Oct. 29, to 4 p.m. Preregister by calling Linda Foster at 515-271-6505
  • The Village – 1203 North E Street, Indianola: Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Preregister by calling Julia Fitzhugh at 515-961-0878
  • Edgewater – 9225 Cascade Avenue, West Des Moines: Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Preregister by calling Connie Bever at 515-978-2982
  • Hosted by Hearthstone of Pella – Pella Public Library, 603 Main Street, Pella: Nov. 16, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.