Virtual Memory Screenings
AFA is now offering free virtual memory screenings, which allow individuals to receive one-on-one, confidential memory screenings from a qualified health professional using their computer, smart phone or tablet. This service, which is part of AFA’s National Memory Screening Program, began during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that people could still get screened from the safety and comfort of their homes.
Frequently Asked Questions About Virtual Memory Screenings
When are virtual memory screenings conducted?
Screenings are done by appointment every Monday and Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm (ET) and every Friday from 10 am to 2 pm (ET). Appointments can be scheduled by calling AFA at 866-232-8484.
Can anyone get screened?
YES! The program is free and open to everyone-there are no minimum age or insurance requirements.
What does the screening consist of?
Memory screenings are simple, quick and noninvasive, and consist of a series of questions to gauge memory, language, thinking skills and other intellectual functions. The memory screening takes approximately 10-15 minutes and is completely confidential. Once the screening is complete, the screener will review the results with you.
Memory screenings are not a diagnosis of any particular condition but can indicate whether someone should see their doctor for more extensive testing.
How are the screenings conducted?
Screenings are conducted one-on-one through secure videoconference technology (i.e. Zoom, FaceTime, Skype) in real-time. All that’s needed is a phone, computer, tablet or any other device with a webcam and Internet capability.
Why are memory screenings important?
Memory screenings are a significant first step toward finding out if someone may have a memory problem. Memory problems could be caused by a number of medical conditions, including vitamin deficiencies, thyroid issues, urinary tract infections and depression, which are treatable or curable. If the memory problem is the result of a dementia-related illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, early detection may enable the person to begin treatments and therapeutic interventions sooner, afford greater opportunity to participate in a clinical trial and take a more active role in developing their health, legal and financial plans.
Are the screenings available in Spanish as well?
Yes, virtual memory screenings are offered in both English and Spanish.
How can I make an appointment to get screened?
Appointments can be made by calling AFA at 866-232-8484.