New platform aims to help memory loss awareness using questionnaire
May 28, 2021, 4:35 AM
PHOENIX – A new platform aims to remove the stigma surrounding memory loss diseases in hopes that people will begin to talk to their doctor sooner rather than later about memory problems.
It’s called BrainGuide and this simple, easy-to-use tool was created to empower people to take the first step on their own brain health journey or the brain health journey of a loved one.
Questionnaires are available in both English and Spanish over the phone or online with tailored resources being provided based on the answers given.
BrainGuide does not provide a diagnosis but does give additional information that someone can take to their doctor to start a conversation about brain health.
“It might sound simple but having a piece of paper that says, ‘I took this memory questionnaire and these are the results and I think it’s time we take the next step in the journey,”’ Brooks Kenny with US Against Alzheimer’s told KTAR News 92.3 FM.
BrainGuide was created by US Against Alzheimer’s to spark conversations and empower people to take action on their brain health through education and resources.
Currently, there are 150,000 people over the age of 65 in Arizona who are living with Alzheimer’s, while 262,000 caregivers also bear the burden of the disease.
One of the biggest issues with Alzheimer’s disease is that 60% of cases in adults 65+ go unrecognized.
Anyone that is worried about their own brain health or the brain health of a loved one can use the free resource to learn more about what treatment is available.
“It will actually give you ideas on what the next steps in the journey are,” Kenny said.
US Against Alzheimer’s wanted to account for accessibility in terms of education and cultural bias to ensure that all communities could access their tools, especially those who need a resource like BrainGuide the most.