To the Editor:

We at Memory Matters wanted to take a moment to thank all the generous local organizations that provided us funding in 2022. We are grateful for their generosity and belief in what we do here.

One grant we are very excited about is the one from the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation. These dollars will allow us to partner with Beaufort Memorial Hospital to help detect early onset dementia in diverse communities through free Memory Screens. 

Memory Screens, or MoCA’s (Montreal Cognitive Assessment), are non-medical evaluations that include a consultation for next-step recommendations and program options. More than 500 studies have shown that MoCA is superior to existing cognitive screening tools to detect Alzheimer’s Disease and 20 other disorders such as stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, and kidney disease. 

The screening takes only about 15 minutes and is administered by a Memory Matters trained professional.

The Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The goal of the Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation is to help nonprofits improve lives by funding projects that address the basic human needs of the most vulnerable residents of the Greater Bluffton community. 

Jill Horner

Executive Director