Memory program, screenings set Jan. 11, 13

Memory program, screenings set Jan. 11, 13 Misplace your keys? Forget a name? Can't remember why you went downstairs?

When you're 20, you don't think twice about it, but when you're 60, you're likely to wonder if this is an early sign of Alzheimer's. Noticing a memory problem can be very alarming for individuals and families. However, these problems may often be caused by treatable conditions such as thyroid problems, vitamin deficiencies, medication, information overload, depression or stress.

An important step in understanding memory changes is to establish how severe it is and what parts of memory and thinking are affected. Once this is known, annual monitoring is vital in order to detect progression or charge in cognitive function.

That's the basis of Jog Your MemoryTM Week, an educational and screening program sponsored by several local community organizations and agencies.

Dr. Michael Moeller will differentiate between dementia and age associated memory impairment on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center, 320 W. Main. There is no charge for this presentation and the public, as well as health care professionals, are invited.

Free memory screenings conducted by trained health care professionals will be held at the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center on Jan. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, but to avoid waiting, you can pre-register by calling 605-624-8072.

The screenings takes approximately 15 minutes, educational materials as well as mental exercise tips will be provided.

Jog Your Memory is co-sponsored by Vermillion Home Health Care, Sioux Valley-Vermillion Hospital, the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center, Inc., Siouxland Alzheimer's Association and Pfizer, Inc.

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