Benchmark Springfield Area Communities Offering Complimentary Memory Screenings

Spring Screenings Offer Opportunity for Early Detection & Treatment of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia effects nearly 350,000 people in Massachusetts and numbers continue to grow. This spring, The Atrium at Cardinal Drive, a Benchmark Mind & Memory Care community, and Orchard Valley at Wilbraham, a Benchmark assisted living and Mind & Memory Care community, are hosting a series of memory screenings at area senior centers.

Memory screenings are appropriate for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing symptoms of dementia or who believes they are at risk due to a family history. They provide a safe and simple face-to-face way to check a person’s memory, language, intellectual functions and other thinking skills using a series of questions and/or tasks.

It can indicate if they should consult with a medical provider in order to identify what is causing memory loss. If dementia is the cause, early diagnosis can help both individuals and their family members learn about the disease, set realistic expectations and plan for their future together.

“Like any disease, early detection is key,” said Cheryl Moran, executive director of The Atrium. “Over the past 25 plus years, we’ve seen that people and families affected by dementia often delay planning, which makes for a much more challenging situation later. By offering this to the community, we want to help ease the burden.”

Screenings will be offered on the following dates and times.

  • Wilbraham Senior Center (45B Post Office Park) – Monday, April 10, 10AM – Noon
  • West Springfield Senior Center (128 Park Street) – Monday, April 24, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
  • Agawam Senior Center (954 Main Street) – Wednesday, May 17, 10AM – Noon
  • Palmer Senior Center (1029 Central Street, Palmer) – Wednesday, May 31, Noon – 2PM

Attendees can register for the date/time that works for them, by contacting the senior center hosting the event at 413.596.8379 (Wilbraham), 413.263.3264 (West Springfield), 413.821.0605 (Agawam) and 413.283.2670 (Palmer).

About Benchmark Senior Living

Benchmark is New England’s largest senior living provider with 64 independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care communities and over 5,000 dedicated associates providing compassionate care and outstanding experiences throughout the Northeast. The Waltham, Mass.-based company was founded over 25 years ago by Tom Grape with the purpose of Transforming Lives Through Human Connection. Since then, Benchmark has continued to set the industry standard, having won over a hundred local, regional and national awards for its care, programs and as a top workplace. Benchmark has been named one of the Top Places to Work for 15 straight years in The Boston Globe’s annual employee-based survey and received repeated recognition in FORTUNE’s Best Workplaces for Aging Services list. For more information, visit