More than five million Americans are believed to have Alzheimer’s Disease, and the Muskingum County Center for Seniors is trying to promote awareness.
On Tuesday, the center held free screenings to detect memory problems. Martha Purkey administered the exams, which consisted of questions and tasks to assess memory.
"For people who feel as though they’re having memory problems – can’t remember where they put something, start into a room and don’t remember what they’ve gone for, put their keys in the wrong place – that’s a real big problem," said Purkey.
Purkey said a screening does not diagnose any illness, but it can indicate if someone should pursue a follow-up medical exam. She said helping people age successfully is her passion.
"You just have to realize that everybody with Alzheimer’s is different, and sometimes they have little lucid moments when that person really comes out, and that’s what makes it a good field to be in," said Purkey.
The event was part of National Memory Screening Day.