WEST NEWBURY — It’s normal to have an occasional lapse in memory from time to time, particularly as one ages.

Distinguishing normal forgetfulness from memory problems that are a true cause for concern can be difficult.  The Council on Aging is hosting a special program Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Senior Center aimed at helping people determine if they are at risk for dementia.

Cogniciti, a brain health research group, will assist residents interested in taking its research-validated brain health assessment test. The group is a subsidiary of Baycrest Health Sciences of Toronto, Canada’s largest geriatric hospital and North America’s largest geriatrics training institute. 

Cogniciti describes it mission as “bringing brain health solutions to people, businesses and governments around the globe.” 

The 15- to 20-minute test, which is also available online at www.cogniciti.com, helps a person answer the question, “Is my memory normal or should I see my doctor?”

Specifically designed for people from 40 to 79, the assessment has been taken by more than 50,000 adults worldwide.

Participants on Wednesday will also have the opportunity to register as research volunteers.

“Scientists across Canada and the United States are in the midst of exciting brain health research,” according to a press release issued by Cogniciti. “Some of those studies are to validate the health impact of digital brain health tools; some are investigating the links between diet, exercise and brain health; some are for a new generation of medicines designed to help adults at risk of dementia stay healthy longer; some are to better understand the basic science of how memory works.”

The West Newbury Senior Center is on the entry-level floor of the 1910 Town Office Building, 381 Main St.

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