Free memory testing available

Anxious about forgetting names? Noticing that your spouse is losing his sense of direction? Then there might be a way to find out some answers by going to Greenwich Woods Rehabilitation & Health Center for a memory assessment.

Lapses of memory, however slight, can cause worry and stress to people. Experts say that most of it is probably normal, but neglecting the signs of absent-mindedness and confusion is not a smart idea, according to the Rehabilitation Center.

“Occasional forgetfulness happens to everyone, but repetitive difficulty remembering everyday activities, in oneself or a relative, are disturbing and potentially serious,” the center said in a press release. “Exploring the situation is important but can be expensive.”

However this free service is designed to provide some help. Greenwich Woods Rehabilitation & Health Care Center now has a Memory Assessment Center. This is free to the community and can be of great help in learning the actual status of one’s memory.

Appointments can be made now for Tuesday, Jan. 8 or Tuesday, Feb. 4 when Stephen Jones will do a private 40-minute assessment. Dr. Jones is director of the Outpatient Center and program director of Geriatrics at Greenwich Hospital. He will discuss the screening results with the patient, plus pertinent information and referrals, if needed. A memory assessment by Dr. Jones could alleviate unnecessary anxiety, prevent neglect and provide helpful local resources.

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.

With limited appointments each month, it’s advisable to respond as soon as possible. Call 1-866-695-9627 for an appointment on Tuesday, Jan. 8 or Tuesday, Feb. 4. Assessments take place at 1155 King Street.

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