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Congresswoman Maxine Waters Promotes Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Memory Screening

November 17, 2009
Press Release

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced H. Res. 910 today, National Memory Screening Day, to promote awareness of Alzheimer's disease, to support the development of a national health policy on dementia screening and care, and to encourage Americans concerned about memory loss to be screened.  The resolution has bipartisan support.

"I am promoting awareness of Alzheimer's disease because scientific research has demonstrated that early medical treatment would be beneficial to millions of Americans who suffer from Alzheimer's and early access to counseling and support services is helpful to those who are caregivers," said Congresswoman Waters. "Awareness and early detection of memory loss therefore are essential."

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America established an annual National Memory Screening Day at which qualified health care professionals administer free, confidential, face-to-face memory screenings at thousands of sites throughout the United States.

Memory screening is not used to diagnose Alzheimer's or any other illness but rather is used as an indicator to determine if additional examination is recommended.

"A memory screening is a safe and cost-effective way to help at-risk individuals determine whether they would benefit from further testing and follow-up care.  As with so many illnesses, individuals benefit from being screened so they can receive the appropriate care and reduce symptoms later on.  In addition, screening allays the fears of people who have their memory checked and receive normal scores," said Congresswoman Waters.

The resolution introduced by Congresswoman Waters is a House companion to S. Res. 185, which was introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).