Think maybe you’re forgetting things a little too much lately? Scared to go see the doctor?

Dee Nelson is offering a solution.

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Working as a speech therapist, Nelson organized a free cognitive-memory screening for anyone to participate in. It will be held in the new Ecumen Detroit Lakes therapy gym.

“This is not meant to be a diagnosis.”

At the screening, participants either get pass or referral.

And, for the most part, it’s meant to be a screening for memory and cognitive concerns, but if someone comes in with another concern, like speech, language, swallowing or voice, Nelson said, “I’m all for it.”

Some of the tests Nelson uses in the screening include naming objects, word retrieval, visual processing and remembering a list of verbal directions to follow. Some of the tests are self-guided, and some are more one-on-one.

Nelson said she has no idea how many people will take advantage of the free offer because this is the first time it’s been offered.

“I don’t have anything to base it off of,” she said. “I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and just haven’t had the space.”

The reason she wants to have it though, is after a friend of hers did her graduate thesis on reactions to the screening process, she found that people were very stressed with the anticipation. She wants to lighten that stress and have a casual screening for people.

“People are scared to go get more information or are not even sure what’s normal,” she said.

There is no prerequisite for attending the screening, and anyone can stop by and participate.

With the pass or refer results, people can see if they should follow-up with their doctor, or if whatever signs they thought they had can be attributed more to aging or other causes.

“I’m hoping people come and not be as scared of it,” Nelson said.

The screening is Thursday, May 28, from 2-4 p.m. in the Ecumen Detroit Lakes therapy gym. Enter through the new main entrance.

There will be door prizes and brain-friendly snacks available at the screening as well.

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