The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has selected Riderwood to be a host site for its November 16th National Memory Screening Day. As such, Riderwood, which is the nation’s largest continuing care retirement community with nearly 3,000 residents, will play a key role in a national initiative to promote early detection and intervention for individuals concerned about memory loss, as well as to educate about successful aging. Riderwood social workers will conduct free memory screening for the general public from 9 a.m. – 11am, and from 1p.m. – 3 p.m., at Renaissance Gardens at Riderwood, 3160 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring. Results will be given to each participant along with a letter to give to their physician so they can discuss the results and to help the individual understand the finding. A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other healthcare professional.
“ Riderwood’s goal is to create a positive social and physical environment which is safe and in which all people can experience well-being and be able to derive meaning from their lives regardless of their stage of life or their abilities," said Olney Barnett, RN, Quality Care Coordinator for Renaissance Gardens at Riderwood. "Our program offers a variety of activities and structure that reflects the personality type and cognitive level of each person.”