This year, in celebration of National Social Work Month, workers of the Life Care Center of Hilo social service department are offering free memory checks Wednesday afternoon.
Many people in the general population become concerned about forgetfulness symptoms and quickly become anxious or depressed.
This leads to social withdrawal, poor eating and sleeping habits and generally decreased activity. If a medical condition started this onslaught, then the condition can continue to cause deterioration in the body and forgetfulness increases.
Coordinator Chris Ridley hopes by offering this free and confidential memory check elders in the community will monitor their memory just as they monitor their blood pressure and cholesterol.
Anyone can call the social service department at Life Care Center of Hilo and schedule a memory check. The screen takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
Participant must sign permission for the results to be sent to his/her personal physician, as the social service staff will not interpret or reveal the results of the screen to the participant.
Call Life Care Center of Hilo’s social service staff at 959-9151 to make an appointment.