ROANOKE, Va. -

November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month.

Because of that, several groups gave free memory tests today.

At the Emeritus Assisted Living Facility in Salem, memory foods were given out for the memory tests.

The residents took a series of written and oral questions designed to see if patients exhibit any early warning signs of Alzheimer's.

Regardless of age, experts say early detection of memory loss can make a big difference.

"A lot of times it's when you have trouble with the simple, familiar tasks. So maybe instead of getting lost going somewhere new I'm getting lost going somewhere familiar," said speech pathologist Lindsay Larkin.

Here are the Alzheimer's Association's 10 tips for early detection:

  1. Memory Lost that Disturbs Daily Life
  2. Challenges in Planning or Solving Problems
  3. Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks
  4. Confusion with Time or Place
  5. Trouble Understanding Visual Images and Spatial Relationships
  6. New Problems with Words, Speaking or Writing
  7. Misplacing Things and the Inability to Retrace Steps
  8. Decreased or Poor Judgement
  9. Withdrawal from Work or Social Activities
  10. Changes in Mood or Personality