The screenings will be held at the legislator’s district office, located at 2294 Nostrand Avenue, between Avenues I and J. Please call the assemblywoman’s office at (718) 434-0446 to schedule an appointment.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America notes on its website that, with these types of screening events, it is attempting to not only provide free and confidential screenings but eliminate the stigma and fears associated with dementia, encourage those with memory problems to follow up with an exam by a physician, educate the public about the disease and successful aging, and alleviate the fears of those who do not have a problem.
Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, resulting in a loss of memory and thinking and language skills, impacts as many as 5.1 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Research from the National Institute on Aging has indicated that the prevalence of Alzheimer’s doubles every five years beyond the age of 65 – though it is also estimated that about a half million Americans younger than 65 have some form of dementia, including Alzheimer’s.