Kmart Pharmacy Joins Alzheimer’s Foundation of America to Raise Awareness and Offer Free Memory Screenings Nationwide this May
(April 26, 2018)- The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and Kmart Pharmacy are continuing their strong collaboration in 2018, as Kmart will conduct free memory screenings at Kmart pharmacies nationwide during “Older Americans Month” in May.
Working together, AFA and Kmart have enabled more than 20,000 people to be screened at Kmart pharmacies over the last year and a half. Kmart Pharmacy will also coordinate with AFA to offer screenings in November as part of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
“We are very grateful that Kmart Pharmacy is continuing to work with AFA in our communities nationwide to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and ways one might optimize their brain health,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s president and CEO. “Memory screenings are a good first step in determining whether a more formal medical assessment is necessary. By conducting screenings in their stores, we are able to reach more people, which in turn, will lead to more people being able to take a proactive approach to brain health.”
“Kmart Pharmacists have provided thousands of free memory screenings, collaborating with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. This is a great example of how Kmart Pharmacy has long been a trusted wellness destination for patients, going far beyond simply filling prescriptions,” said Jennifer Speares Lehman, RPh, Kmart Pharmacy’s Senior Director of Compliance and Administration. “These screenings have proven to be an invaluable service that truly deepen the relationship with the patients we serve and the members shopping in our stores – it’s part of the reason Kmart pharmacists were voted #1 in customer satisfaction two years in a row.”
A memory screening is a simple, non-invasive test consisting of questions and tasks designed to gauge memory, language and analytical skills. Results are not a diagnosis, however, a memory screening can suggest whether additional follow-up with a health care professional is needed.
It is important to keep in mind that not all memory problems are indicative of Alzheimer’s disease. Other sources of memory problems include vitamin deficiencies, thyroid issues and depression, which are treatable and in some cases, curable.
AFA works with thousands of sites across the country, year-round, to offer screenings. For more information, click here or call 866-232-8484. To find a local Kmart Pharmacy, visit www.kmartpharmacy.com.