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ADRC offers brain check-ups

AURORA, Wis. — Most of us go to the doctor for our physical health, but what about brain health? We are willing to get screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. What about a screening test for memory?

For those who have concerns about memory loss, the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County will offer free and confidential memory screens in May and June.

Appointments will be available on these dates:

— Wednesday, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Fence Town Hall.

— Thursday, noon to 1 p.m., Northeast Wisconsin Technical College-Aurora’s Woodland Cafe.

— Friday, noon to 1 p.m., Florence Community Center, Florence, Wis.

— Thursday, June 13, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tipler Town Hall.

A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory and cognition. The screens only take about 10 minutes to complete, with results available immediately. They can help determine a baseline for that person so futures changes can be monitored; however, it is not used to make a diagnosis.

Memory screens are important because they can help with early detection in memory and cognitive changes. Early detection also can allow for treatments that are more effective in the early stages, plus provide greater opportunities to educate caregivers.

Appointments are required. To schedule a 10-minute appointment, call the ADRC of Florence County at 715-528-4890.

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