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Kmart Pharmacy teams up with Alzheimer’s Foundation of America


NEW YORK — The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is teaming up with Kmart Pharmacy to offer free, confidential memory screenings nationwide.

Throughout the entire month of November — Alzheimer’s Awareness Month — all Kmart Pharmacy locations will offer free memory screenings.

“We are extremely happy to team up with Kmart to expand our Memory Screening program,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., president and chief executive officer of AFA. “Kmart pharmacists play an instrumental role in the health and well-being of the community and we are grateful that they will be providing this first step service in identifying potential memory issues.”

A memory screening is a simple, non-invasive cognitive test consisting of questions and tasks designed to gauge memory, language and thinking skills. Screenings are appropriate for anyone who does not have a concern right now but wants to see how their memory is currently for future comparisons. A screening is not a diagnosis; however, if a person scores below the normal threshold, he or she will be referred to a primary care physician for a full evaluation. It is important to keep in mind that not all memory problems are indicative of Alzheimer’s disease. Other sources of memory problems include vitamin deficiencies, thyroid issues and depression, which are treatable and in some cases, curable.

“AFA’s inspiring mission, combined with Kmart’s commitment to health and wellness, has brought together a great partnership,” said Jennifer Speares, director of pharmacy compliance for Kmart. “Our hope is that through our combined efforts, the free National Memory Screening program will encourage more people to learn about brain health and wellness, take advantage of free, confidential memory screenings, and encourage others to do the same.”


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