Bluestone Physician Services and The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) will offer complimentary memory screenings at this year’s Minnesota State Fair.

Bluestone and AFA invite all to join them at the fair and undergo a memory screening, which takes place from Aug. 23-Sept. 3 at Bluestone’s booth (No. 4) in the Health Fair 11 building (which is attached to the food building) and located on the corner of Danpatch and Cooper streets in St. Paul, Minn.

Dr. Todd Stivland, CEO of Bluestone Physician Services, said, “The Minnesota State Fair is a great way to reach a large number of people. Two million people from all walks of life attend the fair each year. Last year we were able to administer free memory screening tests to 4,000 people, but just as important, we provided information and education to approximately 20,000 people! Bluestone is very proud to volunteer our collective expertise of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nursing and support staff to such a valuable cause. We are looking forward with excitement to this year’s Great Minnesota Get Together!”

“We are looking forward to providing memory screenings this summer once again at the Minnesota State Fair,” said Charles Fuschillo, Jr., President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. “Taking care of your brain  is just as important as  taking care of the rest of your body. We are grateful to Bluestone and the Minnesota State Fair for their continued dedication and commitment to working with us to provide this free health service.”

Screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks designed to gauge memory, analytical, and language skills and take only five to 10 minutes. While the results are not a diagnosis of any particular condition, a screening can suggest whether someone should follow up with a physician for a more formal evaluation.

There are a number of reasons that someone could be experiencing memory issues, including treatable conditions such as vitamin deficiencies, thyroid issues, depression, and even a lack of sleep.  If a memory problem does exist and turns out to be something more serious, such as Alzheimer’s disease, early detection can afford the person an opportunity to take an active role in developing their care plan.

For more information on the Minnesota State Fair, visit www.mnstatefair.org. Please visit the AFA/Bluestone booth (No. 4) at the Fair to obtain a free memory screening.