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Liberty Manor to hold memory screening

MUNCY — A memory screening is a simple and safe evaluation tool that checks memory and other thinking skills. It can indicate whether an additional check up by a qualified healthcare professional is needed.

Liberty Manor, 169 Ashler Manor Drive, will be hold a memory screening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 26.

Various types of qualified healthcare professionals provide memory screenings, including social workers, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologists and physicians.

The face-to-face screening takes place in a private setting. Only the individual being tested and the screener are present.

A screening consists of a series of questions and/or tasks designed to test memory, language skills, thinking ability and other intellectual functions.

Screening tools identified by AFA’s Medical, Scientific and Memory Screening advisory board include the General Practitioner Assessment of Cognition, MINII-COG, Memory Impairment Screen and Brief Alzheimer’s Screening.

These tests meet accepted criteria for use as a screening instrument: Effective, easy to administer and validated by research. This event is free.

The person who administers the screening will review the results with the person being screened, and suggest whether the person should follow up with a physician or other clinician for more extensive testing.

Results of the memory screenings are confidential. The participant will receive the screening results to bring to a healthcare professional for follow-up and/or inclusion in medical files.

A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other healthcare professional.

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