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Memory Screening Day is Nov. 16



St. Benedict's Senior Community

Memory Screening Day will be from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Woodland Hall, St. Benedict's Senior Community, 1810 Minnesota Boulevard SE. The event is free and open to the public.

Memory Screening Day provides free, confidential memory screening to people concerned about memory loss. Memory screenings are the first step toward finding out if a person may have a memory problem. The event also will feature booths from area health-care providers and non-profits. St. Benedict's Senior Community will have tours available of residential and long-term care settings for people with memory loss.

"Memory screenings make sense for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia," said Brenda Turner, LSW, Director of Resident Support Services at St. Benedict's Senior Community. "Screenings also are helpful in establishing a baseline for future comparisons."

Some questions that might help you decide if you need a memory screening are:

* Am I becoming more forgetful?

* Do I have trouble concentrating?

* Do I have difficulty performing familiar tasks?

* Do I have trouble recalling words or names in conversation?

* Do I sometimes forget where I am or where I am going?

* Have family or friends told me that I am repeating questions or saying the same thing over and over again?

* Am I misplacing things more often?

* Have I become lost when walking or driving?

* Have my family or friends noticed changes in my mood, behavior, personality, or desire to do things?

Schedule of events

* 7:30 a.m. Registration and vendor booths

* ; 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Memory Screenings

* 8:30-9:30 a.m. "A Caregivers Guide to Medications Used in the Treatment of Dementia" by Dr. Kathleen Rieke. This presentation is designed for caregivers, patients, and primary care providers to educate them about the medications used to treat dementia and medications used to treat the behavioral and mood aspects of dementia.

* 9:30-10:30 a.m. vendor booths, memory screenings and memory care tours

* 10:30-11 a.m. "Caring for Dementia Patients at Home" by Mary Eisenschenk, RN, Community Outreach Nurse for St. Cloud Hospital Home Care and Hospice

* 11-11:30 a.m. "When to Transfer Dementia Patients to a Memory Care Setting" by Brenda Turner, LSW, Director of Resident Support Services at St. Benedict's Senior Community

* 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. memory screenings, memory care tours and vendor booths

This event is sponsored by

St. Benedict's Senior Community and St. Cloud Hospital Home Care & Hospice Services. To schedule a memory screening, call (320) 654-2355.

About St. Benedict's Senior Community

St. Benedict's Senior Community in St. Cloud houses more than 500 people throughout its facilities, which include a 43-bed unit specializing in Alzheimer's care, 135 long-term care beds, 44 short-stay beds, 39 assisted living apartments, 95 independent apartments, Benedict Homes (residential living for people with memory loss) and Benet Place (income-based independent apartments).

In addition, St. Benedict's Senior Community in Monticello includes 59 independent living apartments, 61 assisted living apartments and 30 memory care apartments.

About St. Cloud Hospital Home Care and Hospice

St. Cloud Hospital Home Care and Hospice Services provides care and comfort to assist patients in staying safely at home. The dedicated staff of professionals is sensitive to the needs of patients and their families. The staff provides high-quality medical care and emotional support while encouraging independent living. St. Cloud

Hospital Home Care Services provides care for those living within a 35-mile radius of St. Cloud Hospital.