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Free memory screens are offered

Anxious about forgetting names? Noticing your spouse is losing their sense of direction?

Lapses of memory, however slight, may cause worry and stress. Most of it is probably normal, but neglecting the signs of absent-mindedness and confusion is not a smart idea. Occasional forgetfulness happens to everyone, but repetitive difficulty remembering everyday activities, in oneself or a relative, is disturbing and potentially serious. Exploring the situation is important but can be expensive.

The Greens at Cannondale now has a Memory Assessment Center which is free to the community and can be helpful in learning the actual status of one’s memory.

Appointments for a 40-minute free private assessment should be made as soon as possible for Thursday, Jan. 17, with Dr. Alan Siegal,  associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Yale University and past-president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. He will discuss the screening results with the  patient, plus pertinent information and referrals, if needed.

The assessment includes a follow-up for  everyone who has been evaluated. If and when changes in memory may occur, an additional assessment can be scheduled. Limited appointments are available each month. Call 1-866-695-9627.

This is a community outreach service of  The Greens, 435 Danbury Road.

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