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Alzheimer’s Orange County will be in Leisure World offering free, confidential cognitive screenings using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment Tool (MoCA) from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, by appointment only. To make an appointment, call (844) 373-4400.

The MoCA screening is the same one physicians use to quickly determine whether someone’s thinking ability is impaired. It also helps them decide if an in-depth diagnostic workup for Alzheimer’s disease is needed.

The screening is a 30-question test that takes approximately 15 minutes, though each appointment is allotted 30 minutes to allow time for questions and concerns to be acknowledged and to make sure no one leaves confused about the results and that they have a plan to move forward, if applicable.

This test does not give a diagnosis as it will only indicate if there is a cause for concern.

Alzheimer’s OC will provide each person with a letter of his or her results and guidance on steps to consider, and it will follow up if given permission to do so.

Cognitive screenings will be held one Saturday each month from August to December (dates to be determined).

What is a Memory Screening?

A memory screening is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory and cognition.

People who can answer yes to any of the following should consider having a memory screening:

• Trouble coming up with a word or a name, or remembering important dates or events.

• Problems remembering names when introduced to new people.

• Trouble remembering what you just read or heard.

• Problems losing or misplacing things.

• Trouble planning or organizing.

• Greater difficulty performing tasks in social and occupational settings.

The event is sponsored by Alzheimer’s OC, which is one of the members of the on-site social service resource center coordinated by GRF Member Resources Liaison Robann Arshat, who can be reached at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317.

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