Free memory screenings provided locally to Latino community


The Bridge Alzheimer’s Dementia Resource Center will offer free, confidential memory screenings to the Latino community on the last Friday of every month beginning April 28.

The screenings will be done by appointment between 9-11 a.m. at their facility located at 851 Olive Street. Dr. Michael Becerra, who speaks Spanish, is the assistant professor – Counseling, Department of Psychology at LSUS, and will administer the confidential memory screenings for The Bridge.

A memory screening is a simple and safe “healthy brain check-up” that tests memory and other thinking skills. It is not used to diagnose any illness and does not replace consultation with a physician or other clinician. Memory screenings are important because they are a significant first step toward finding out if a person may have a memory problem.

Memory problems do not automatically mean you have dementia. Many medical conditions, including vitamin deficiencies, thyroid issues, and depression, could cause memory loss.

“Memory screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks designed to gauge memory, language skills, and other intellectual functions,” said Becerra. “The screening takes approximately 15-20 minutes, making it easy and convenient to screen individuals.”

This memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a physician; however, it is an important first step toward finding out if an individual may have a memory problem.

Individuals who score below the average threshold or those that still have concerns about their memory are advised to follow up with their physician for a thorough evaluation. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other conditions that can cause memory loss enables individuals to obtain treatment and services and make legal and financial decisions to improve their quality of life.

“The program is open to anyone, whether there is a memory concern, risk for dementia, or just curious about their memory,” said Laura Gauthier, program director and licensed professional counselor at The Bridge Alzheimer’s Dementia Resource Center. “There are no age or insurance requirements to get screened.”

Appointments are required, and you may reserve an appointment by emailing

The Bridge Alzheimer’ Dementia Resource Center provides resources, education, and support services for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, their family members, and caregivers and promotes community awareness.

The Bridge Alzheimer’s Dementia Resource Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Funds raised by The Bridge provide services in our Northwest Louisiana community. For more information on services or to join a caregiver support group, call 318-656-4800.