The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), together with The First National Bank of Long Island, will be sponsoring free memory screenings during the month of May at participating branches across Long Island and in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn.
The First National Bank of Long Island’s Massapequa branch, located at 574 Broadway, Massapequa, NY 11758, will host the event on Friday, May 4, from 9 to 11 a.m.
“Memory screenings should be a regular part of an individual’s annual wellness routine; it’s important that people get regular check-ups for their brains, just as they do for other parts of their bodies,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. “We are grateful to The First National Bank of Long Island for helping us make memory screenings more accessible and enabling thousands of people to take advantage of this important health service.”
“The First National Bank of Long Island is proud to join with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America in providing free memory screenings at participating branches,” said Cathy O’Malley, senior vice president and western district manager of branch administration at The First National Bank of Long Island. “This program provides a vital service to our local residents and provides the bank with a wonderful avenue to continue our commitment to the communities we serve. We look forward to continuing to support AFA in its mission to aide individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families.”
Memory screenings are simple and safe and consist of a series of questions to gauge memory, language and analytical skills. The memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and is confidential. Participants will be provided with the results on-site. Results are not a diagnosis, however, a memory screening can suggest whether additional follow-up with a health care professional is needed.
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’s National Memory Screening Program has provided free memory screenings to more than four million people since its inception.
No appointments are required and individuals will be served on a first come, first served basis. For a list of participating branches and dates/times that screenings will be offered, or for more information, visit www.alzfdn.org or www.fnbli.com.