UT Health Center offers screenings on Nov. 15, National Memory Screening Day

Friday, November 11, 2005

Learn about Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses at a free seminar and memory screening on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Ornelas Activity Center, 3402 Old Omen Road in Tyler.

Free memory screenings also will be offered the same day at the North Tyler Community Health Clinic, Texas College Campus, Room No. 126, 2402 N. Grand Ave. in Tyler. Both events are sponsored by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler in coordination with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Nov. 15 is National Memory Screening Day, and November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month.

At 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Ornelas Activity Center, Tom Belt, MD, of UTHSCT’s Center for Healthy Aging, will describe memory problems, outline what may be causing them, and discuss treatment options. Free and confidential memory screenings will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon.

In addition, memory screenings will be offered at the North Tyler Community Health Clinic from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 15.

The number of U.S. residents with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple, to 16 million, by mid-century, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. An estimated one in 10 persons over age 65, and nearly half of those 85 or older, has the disease.

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia. The foundation defines dementia as a group of symptoms, including loss of memory, judgment, language, complex motor skills, and other intellectual functions. It is caused by permanent damage or death of the brain’s nerve cells. Several diseases cause it.

To reserve your place at either of the memory screenings, please call (903) 877-5122.

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