TKClobbyClinical care for patients with disorders of memory and cognition is provided through the Brain Aging & Memory Clinic at The Kirklin Clinic. The memory clinic has special expertise in the evaluation and ongoing care of people with memory problems, thinking problems, or other complex neurobehavioral disturbances.  

Because these are often very complex conditions, the Brain Aging and memory Clinic uses a team approach with key roles for nurses, nurse practitioners, and neurologists, supported by nurse care managers, pharmacy specialists, and social workers.   

At a typical first visit, the patient and family will meet with one of our nurse practitioners or physicians who will obtain a history of the problem and conduct examinations including cognitive tests to better understand what might be causing memory or related problems.  The provider may also order laboratory tests, imaging studies (like CT, MRI, or PET scans), or more detailed cognitive assessments called Neuropsychological testing.  Results of these tests will help decide on a treatment plan.  They may also refer to experts in other specialties, like psychiatrists, psychologists, sleep specialists, and pain management specialists.  Follow-up visits may focus on review of test results, assessment of current abilities, review of medications, and support for people with cognitive issues and their families. 

Nurse practitioners are an important part of our clinical team.  They contribute to initial evaluations and provide periodic follow-up to help patients and families cope with the challenges of living with a memory issue. In addition to managing prescriptions related to the memory issues, the nurse practitioner will provide information and strategies for living life to the fullest--even with a memory disorder. Every patient in the Brain Aging and Memory will have a physician and a nurse practitioner assigned to their care.  A primary goal of our clinic is to use our team-based approach to maximize the well-being of our patients and their families. This usually involves both medications and nonmedical strategies to ease the burden of cognitive decline and losses of daily function on the individual and his or her family.

To make an appointment, call (205) 801-8986 or request an appointment online.