Swank Memory Ambassadors Program
If you answer YES to any of these questions, you may benefit from a FREE, confidential, 5 minute memory screening.
- Are you worried about your memory?
- Do you have trouble concentrating or focusing?
- Are you misplacing things more often?
- Do you have trouble recalling names or words in conversations?
- Have you ever forgotten where you are going or gotten lost while driving?
- Do you lose track of what you are saying in the middle of a sentence?
- Have others told you that you repeat stories or questions?
Swank Memory Ambassadors are trained clinician volunteers committed to helping you learn more about memory disorders — including Alzheimer’s disease — with a focus on enhancing brain health through free, confidential screening and memory wellness education programs. We will not make a diagnosis or offer a treatment, but we can help you find qualified resources for memory care evaluation and treatment and can link you with needed medical care, social services and community resources. With your permission, we can even share the results of your memory screening with your primary care provider.
We have helpful tips to share about nutrition, physical activity, mental stimulation and fall prevention.
Did you know?
- More than 19,000 families in Delaware alone are coping with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
- About one half of all individuals in our community with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia have not yet been diagnosed by a health care provider.
- Nearly half of all people in the U.S. will have dementia by the age of 85.
- The average caregiver is a woman in her 40s who is married, employed and caring for her 60+ year old mother who does not live with her.
- The risk is 1.5 times higher for individuals who identify as Hispanic/Latino, and 2-3 times higher for those who identify as Black or African-American than for non-Hispanic whites.
- Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women.
- In her 60s, a woman’s estimated lifetime risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease is 1 in 6. Compare that to a 1 in 11 risk of developing breast cancer.
The Swank Memory Ambassador team is committed to help you:
- Enhance health through education on a brain-healthy lifestyle.
- Learn about Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders through screening and education programs.
- Find resources for memory care evaluation and treatment.
- Access needed medical care, social services and community resources.
Symptoms of cognitive impairment can include:
- Difficulty remembering names and new acquaintances.
- Difficulty following the flow of conversation.
- Frequently misplacing objects.
- Frequently forgetting conversations.
- Aggression and anger.
- Anxiety and agitation.
- Sleep issues and sundowning (confusion that begins in the late afternoon and spans into the night).
- Suspicion and delusions.
- Problems with gait, mobility and balance.
- Visual/hearing impairment.
- Decreased smell, taste, touch sensations.