The Alzheimer's Foundation of America initiated National Memory Screening Day as part of its mission to provide "optimal care and services to individuals confronting dementia, and to their caregivers and families"…and as part of its focus on “Caring for the Nation.”
National Memory Screening Day is one of the highlights of AFA's ongoing national effort to promote early detection of memory problems, including Alzheimer's disease, and to encourage appropriate intervention, including medical treatments, social services and other resources. AFA believes that memory screenings are a significant first step toward early diagnosis.
AFA carries out this event in collaboration with organizations and healthcare professionals across the U.S.—bringing them together for care. Participating sites offer free, confidential memory screenings, as well as follow-up resources and educational materials to those concerned about memory loss.
National Memory Screening Day was introduced in November 2003, and is held each November. It takes place in November in recognition of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.