Free, walk-in memory loss testing offered in Jan. & Feb.

Free, walk-in memory loss testing offered in Jan. & Feb.

By Lucy Douty
If you are worried about your memory loss, there is an organization in South Baldwin County that has been offering free Memory Screenings and Balance Testing since the Fall of 2015. With the help and guidance of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and the local support of GlenLakes Golf Club, the 60 volunteers who comprise TESTING 1, 2, 3 offer these testing services to anyone who wishes to be tested.
We have 10 events planned altogether this winter, which is more than we have ever had. In addition to the snowbird offerings (open to locals as well), we now offer private events . Everyone is thrilled with how the attendees react. They are very pleased with the services we offer so it has really become quite
popular.
Over 93 percent of the people we test have never had a memory test, and, as seniors, they worry their memory is failing. When the vast majority find out their memory loss is normal age related memory loss, they leave much happier than when they came. With our Balance Testing, we show seniors that the loss of balance is not a necessary thing. Unlike memory loss, everyone can improve their balance with simple things you can do at home.
Our volunteers are retired nurses, physical therapists, care givers, teachers, etc. and all are trained for and experienced in running our events. Our Steering Committee, which oversees every event, is made up of Debbie Albritton, Lucy Douty, Karen Foster, Paula Long, Carol Rausch, Joan States-Davidson, Sam Strite and Rhonda Vickers.
In addition to holding major events in the Fall (primarily for locals) and in February (primarily for Snowbirds), TESTING 1, 2, 3 will come to any organization which works with seniors and will offer its services. There is never a cost associated with these events and if an organization wants to hold a private event for its residents, members, etc. TESTING 1, 2, 3 will be glad to work with you.
For more information, contact Sam Strite, 251-965-5122 or email him at samcstrite@gmail.com.

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Memory Screening Schedule

• Jan. 18: Gulf Shores Bodenhamer Center; 310 W. 19th Ave; 8 a.m. – Noon
• Feb. 12: Foley Civic Center, West Laurel Ave.; 9 a.m. – Noon
• Feb. 20: Gulf Shores Cultural Center, Bldg. C; 19470 Oak Rd., CR 6W; Noon – 4 p.m.
• Feb. 22: Orange Beach Senior Cntr., 26251 Canal Rd.; 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sponsor Glenlakes Golf Club is offering discounted golf for $35 on testing days. Bring up to four more players.

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