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Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - North Broward Medical Center Celebrates National Memory Screening Day

Memory Disorder Center to Offer Free Memory Screenings

Deerfield Beach, FL - In observance of National Memory Screening Day on Tuesday, November 16, Broward Health North Broward Medical Center will offer free memory screenings in the Memory Disorder Center. Screenings will be offered by appointment only at 201 East Sample Road, Deerfield Beach, FL 33064, from 9:30am to 4:00pm. For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 954-786-7392. 

Memory loss can have many causes including thyroid imbalance, Alzheimer's disease, nutritional or metabolic disorders, stroke or other neurological conditions. Warning signs include forgetfulness about names and events, asking repetitive questions, loss of verbal or written skills, confusion, and erratic mood swings. Anyone concerned about changes in memory or other intellectual functions should get screened.   

“Being proactive is the best strategy when it comes to a person’s memory. Everyone needs to learn about lifestyle choices that go hand-in-hand with successful aging. Individuals whose screening indicates a potential problem need to find out about next steps. There is help available,” said Dr. H. Murray Todd, Medical Director of the Memory Disorder Center at North Broward Medical Center.

National Memory Screening Day is an annual event involving hundreds of sites nationwide that provide free memory screenings and education about the disease, successful aging and local resources.

The Memory Disorder Center at North Broward Medical Center is an outpatient diagnostic facility offering a multidisciplinary approach to determine the cause of memory impairment. A team of specialists including neurologists, neuropsychologists, geriatric psychiatrist, social workers and nurses, provide a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation. Upon the completion of the diagnostic process, the patient and their caregivers meet with the neurologist and members of the multidisciplinary team to discuss diagnosis, planning for the future and available resources.

North Broward Medical Center was the first hospital in the nation to attain Joint Commission Certification for Alzheimer’s Disease Program which validates that the Memory Disorder Center consistently follows the national standards that lead to the best care of Alzheimer’s patients.

The Memory Disorder Center is part of Florida's Alzheimer's disease initiative, and is partially funded by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. The Center is part of the Neurological Institute at North Broward Medical Center, which also consists of a Dizziness and Balance Rehabilitation Center, Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, Sleep Disorder Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center. It is staffed by a team of specialists including neurologists, neuropsychologists, geriatric psychiatrists, social workers and nurses.  The staff focuses on refining diagnosis, treatment and continuing care for a full range of neurological disorders.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.