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Free memory screenings Monday will help identify Alzheimer's

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YAKIMA, Wash- Over 200,000 people in Washington State suffer from Alzheimer's.  Proper diagnosis is key to people getting the care they need. 

When most think of Alzheimer's senior citizens come to mind.  And it's true, 94 percent of people diagnosed with the disease are over 60.  But forms of dementia can set in earlier.  Tomorrow is national memory screening day and High Gate Senior Living is offering a quick test that can identify symptoms of the disease.

"A lot of us get base lines for our heart rate out pulse our blood pressure but we never get baselines for our memory and our memory our brain is our engine of our body it activates everything that we do and so we really need a baseline", says Mandy Trujillo, a community coordinator at High Gate Senior Living.  Trujillo will perform Monday's memory screenings.

Although there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, there are some forms of dementia that are reversible if treated early enough.  Alzheimer's is currently the seventh leading cause of death in the country, and there are some projections that the number of people with the disease is expected to triple as the baby boomers age. 

Monday's free memory screenings in Yakima will be at High Gate Senior Living at 5605 W. Chestnut Avenue.  Trujillo says they've gotten busy in the past at these screenings so call ahead to ensure yourself a spot. (509) 388-2454

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