Date: May 29, 2019 | Category: News
One in 10 Americans ages 65 and older has dementia. Are you one?
Care Connection for Aging Services is providing free, confidential screenings in all 13 counties in June to help older adults answer that question.
The brief screenings will help older adults determine whether they are experiencing everyday forgetfulness or whether they need to see a physician for diagnosis and potential treatment.
Screenings are good for people who have concerns about memory loss or whose family and friends have noticed changes; they also provide guidance for future comparisons.
“These screenings give people a baseline, and if they do them year after year, they can compare the results,” said Marilyn Gunter, Director of Care Management for Care Connection. “We also want to increase the awareness of the growing issue of dementia.”
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America estimates 5.7 million Americans are living with dementia, and the likelihood of experiencing symptoms increases as people age: 3 percent of people age 65-74, 17 percent of people age 75-84, and 32 percent of people age 85 and older have dementia. With some10,000 Americans are turning 65 every day, the professional aging network is faced with a serious situation.
Gunter said that’s why Care Connection’s care managers have made the screenings an annual focus. Participants will be asked a series of questions and screened based on their answers. If a participant’s answers signal the need for further evaluation, the care manager will offer to contact the person’s physician with the screening results.
Screenings are a significant first step toward detection of memory problems, but they are not a diagnosis. Some memory problems can be readily detected – such as those caused by vitamin deficiencies or thyroid problems. Other problems may result from causes that are not reversible, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Nonetheless, treatments can slow the progression of the disease.
Here are some warning signs of dementia, according to the foundation: trouble with new memories; relying on memory helpers; trouble finding words; struggling to complete familiar actions; confusion about time, place or people; misplacing familiar objects; onset of new depression; making bad decisions; personality changes; loss of interest in important responsibilities; seeing or hearing things; and expressing false beliefs.
Here are some questions to help decide whether you need to be screened:
–Am I becoming more forgetful?
–Do I have trouble concentrating?
–Do I sometimes forget where I am?
–Have people told me that I am repeating questions or saying the same thing over and over?
–Have I gotten lost in a familiar neighborhood?
Here is a list of when and where the screenings are available. Contact the care manager or call the center to see whether you need an appointment.
BATES COUNTY (Artricia Lowry)
Butler Senior Center, 611 W. Mill St., Butler, 660-679-5830, June 10, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.
Kern Center, 613 E. Park Ave., Rich Hill, 417-395-2225, June 11, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
BENTON COUNTY: (Dee Locke)
Cole Camp Senior Center, 206 E. Junge St., Cole Camp, 660-668-2352, June 17, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Warsaw Senior Center/Harbor Village, 17571 N. Dam Access Road, Warsaw, 660-438-3300, June 20, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
CARROLL COUNTY: (Robyn Kistler)
Carroll County Care Connection, 200 Lifecare Lane, Carrollton, 660-542-0399; date is to be determined because of flooding conditions.
CEDAR COUNTY: (Katie Hunter)
El Dorado Springs Senior Center, 604 S. Forest, El Dorado Springs, 417-876-5574, June 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Korth Center, 309 W. Englewood, Stockton, 417-276-5306, June 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
CHARITON COUNTY: (Robyn Kistler)
Salisbury Senior Center, 304 Broadway, Salisbury, 660-388-5431, June 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
HENRY COUNTY: (Roy Qualls)
Clinton Senior Center, 970 E. Sedalia, Clinton, 660-885-3482, June 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Windsor Senior Center, 201 S. Main, Windsor, 660-647-3224, June 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
HICKORY COUNTY: (Melanie Foster)
McCarty Senior Center, 19482 US-54, Wheatland, 417-282-6100, June 6, 13 and 20, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call ahead.
JOHNSON COUNTY: (Laura Miles)
Holden Senior Center, 204 W. Second St., Holden, 816-732-5757, June 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay, Warrensburg, 660-747-2624, June 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parkview Gardens Apartments, 411 E North St, Warrensburg, MO (Shery Fogle) 1-800-748-7826, June 4, 10 a.m. to noon
LAFAYETTE COUNTY: (Bertina Markworth)
Concordia Senior Center, 710 Main, Concordia, 660-463-7393, June 20, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Higginsville Senior Center, 21st and Walnut, Higginsville, 660-584-7040, June 27, 10 a.m. to noon
Margaret Gray Center, 811 C S. Business /highway 13, Lexington, 660-259-2025, June 19, 10 a.m. to noon
Odessa Senior Center, 217 S. Second St., Odessa, 816-633-4161, June 26, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
PETTIS COUNTY: (Joy Guymon)
Sedalia Senior Center, 312 S. Washington, Sedalia, 660-826-0713, June 20, 10 am. to noon
SALINE COUNTY: (Jacklyn Frerking)
Marshall Senior Center, 14 E. Morgan, Marshall, 660-886-9888, June 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on a walk-in basis
ST. CLAIR COUNTY: (Melanie Foster)
Rivers Crossing Life Center, 5215 Business Highway 13 NE, Osceola, 417-646-8292, June 11 and 25, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Call ahead.
VERNON COUNTY: (Artricia Lowry)
Neal Center, 301 N. Main, Nevada, 417-667-5847, June 6, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.
Care Connection for Aging Services is a non-profit area agency on aging serving 13 West Central Missouri counties with a mission to provide opportunities to create healthy aging experiences. For more information, call 1-800-748-7826 or www.goaging.org