Most people experience memory lapses from time to time. We find ourselves asking, “Where did I put my car keys?” or “What is that person’s name?”
Usually these memory lapses are normal. In some cases, however, they are a warning sign of a serious health problem such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Recognizing that not everyone with memory issues needs clinical care, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is committed to taking its services out into the community. The objective: providing information and outreach to as many people as possible, whether or not they are BAI patients.
Among the community programs BAI offers are regular memory screenings and educational sessions about maintaining or improving brain health. For Alzheimer’s patients and their care partners, BAI also provides support groups as well as innovative, community-based arts programs and much more.
Certain communities are especially impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Latinos, for example, are one-and-a-half times more likely than whites to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but they are less likely to seek a diagnosis.
BAI makes a concerted effort to address this disparity by linking Latino families and care partners to Alzheimer’s disease prevention, treatment and education programs in their own communities.
Likewise, BAI also provides tailored outreach services to Native American communities.