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Memory Center Patient and Caregiver Support

The Norton Neuroscience Institute Memory Center offers holistic care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and all dementia conditions while supporting caregivers and families to help provide the best quality of life possible.

Research has shown that support groups and classes designed to help dementia patients’ well-being can be an important addition to treatment that aims to slow disease progression. The Memory Center provides educational opportunities to keep patients and families up to date with the latest discoveries.

Working with the Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center, the Memory Center coordinates patient and family support with clinical care to help make sure each patient gets the comprehensive, whole-person care that can help them maintain the best quality of life possible.

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One-on-one Support for Dementia Patients and Families


Stephanie Freeman, MSSW

Christopher Hurley, LCSW

Families and patients aren’t on their own. Stephanie Freeman, MSSW, program coordinator; and Christopher Hurley, LCSW, social worker, specialize in connecting dementia patients, families and caregivers to resources within Norton Healthcare or elsewhere in the community. These Norton Neuroscience Institute Memory Center staff members help with a full range of patients’ challenges, including disability and progressing to the next level of care.

The Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center offers our patients the opportunity to consult with a disability specialist at least twice a month.

Dedicated Pharmacist

Christie L. Scott, R.Ph., registered pharmacist, works directly with Memory Center patients and their families to bring her pharmaceutical expertise to their unique needs.

The Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center works to ensure all patients are educated on their prescription options and have adequate access to their preferred treatment. Our social workers and pharmacy staff can help with application assistance for financial aid and insurance options.

Memory Caregivers Support Group

Caring for an individual with memory loss can be a challenge. Families and caregivers of Memory Center patients discuss common concerns and obstacles related to caring for those with memory loss.

To register, call (502) 559-3230 or email NNIRegistration@nortonhealthcare.org.

In addition, Norton Neuroscience Institute Memory Center offers classes on specific topics about dementia care and living with the condition. These educational opportunities are offered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter.

To sign up for a class or event, call (502) 559-3230.

On-demand Patient Education

Norton Neuroscience Institute provides access to on-demand patient education resources for all neurological conditions.

Support for a portion of this digital education resource has been made possible by the Harold, Juanita, David, Dennis & Gary Koon Charitable Foundation through the Norton Healthcare Foundation.

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Request a Speaker

Our team of experts board-certified and fellowship-trained specialists are equipped to provide clinical education and build community awareness regarding memory issues, dementia and other brain disorders. If you are interested in one of our providers sharing more information with your organization, please contact Stephanie Freeman with the details of your request.

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Ongoing Classes and Support Groups

Scrapbooking for Memory Workshop

Tuesdays • 10 a.m. to noon

Led by a certified social worker, artist and therapists, this workshop will help your loved one navigate memories and deepen connections as you both preserve and honor memories. Norton Healthcare Foundation has been awarded an Arts Access Assistance Grant through a program of the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

To register, call (502) 559-3230 or email NNIRegistration@nortonhealthcare.org.

Brain Games Café

Third Wednesday of every month • 10 a.m. to noon

The Brain Games Café is for patients living with memory loss and cognitive issues and their loved ones. The café provides a safe, comfortable, engaging place to laugh, learn and remain socially engaged with others on the same journey.

To register, call (502) 559-3230 or email NNIRegistration@nortonhealthcare.org.

Tai Chi for Neuro Disorders

Tuesdays and Thursdays • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays • 3 to 4 p.m. Tai chi is a practice of slow, intentional movements that integrate mind and body to improve muscular strength, flexibility and fitness, relieve pain, and protect joints.

To register, call (502) 559-3230 or email NNIRegistration@nortonhealthcare.org.

Made possible in part by support from Caretenders through the Norton Healthcare Foundation.

Music and Wellness

Fourth Tuesday of every month • 6 to 7 p.m.

Music therapy can have a significant impact on the overall health and well-being of people dealing with a variety of conditions. This group promotes wellness by improving breath support, alleviating stress, elevating mood and aiding memory recall. No musical background or formal training is required.

To register, call (502) 559-3230 or email NNIRegistration@nortonhealthcare.org.

Neuro Choir

Fridays • 2 to 3 p.m.

Studies show that singing with other people helps create a sense of belonging, and it triggers new neurotransmitter responses in your frontal lobe. This biological response releases chemicals that make us smarter, healthier, happier and more creative.

To register, call (502) 559-3230 or email NNIRegistration@nortonhealthcare.org.

Made possible in part by support from Caretenders through the Norton Healthcare Foundation.

Yoga for Neuro Disorders

Saturdays • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

A favorite nonmedical therapy for many people living with neurological conditions, yoga is an adaptable practice with benefits for all ability levels. Yoga can help improve mobility, balance, strength, flexibility, mood and sleep.

To register, call (502) 559-3230 or email NNIRegistration@nortonhealthcare.org.

Made possible in part by support from Caretenders through the Norton Healthcare Foundation.

Men With Neuro Disorders

Second Thursday of every month • 10 to 11:30 a.m.

This group is for any adult who identifies as male and has been diagnosed with a neurological disorder

To register, call (502) 559-3230 or email NNIRegistration@nortonhealthcare.org.

Care That’s Focused on You

  • We operate Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center — the area’s only center dedicated to helping you and your family navigate your lives after a stroke. The Norton Healthcare Foundation funds this important service, so patients don’t need to pay.
  • We have dedicated patient navigators who can help with transportation, schedule follow-up appointments and confirm that you can afford prescriptions.
  • We provide support groups and exercise classes, develop customized diet plans and can help with issues such as access to disability assistance, housing, and financial and employment advice.
  • At Norton Neuroscience Institute, we want to help you get better as well as prevent you from getting sick in the first place. Get help quitting smoking and learn the signs of stroke
  • Communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a computer or mobile device with a free MyNortonChart account.

A Louisville Leader in Neurological Care

Norton Neuroscience Institute’s neurologists and neurosurgeons have the expertise and tools to provide care tailored to your needs.

More patients from Louisville and Southern Indiana seek treatment from Norton Neuroscience Institute’s nationally recognized neurologists and neurosurgeons than any other providers in the area.

  • We have more than 75 medical, surgical and research specialists dedicated to providing innovative care to those with brain, spine and nervous system conditions.
  • We use advanced, minimally invasive neurosurgery equipment that can speed your recovery and can minimize pain.
  • Multidisciplinary clinics provide easy access to care for your neurological condition, with specialists in oncology, cardiology, orthopedics and behavioral health.
  • Norton Brownsboro Hospital is recognized as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare, representing the highest level of care.
    • The Joint Commission and American Stroke Association certified Norton Audubon Hospital and Norton Hospital as Primary Stroke Centers and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital.
    • All four of Norton Healthcare’s adult-service hospitals have been nationally recognized for their quality of advanced stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. Norton Brownsboro Hospital received Gold Plus designation, and the others received Silver designations.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute Resource Center navigators help educate patients and their families about new diagnoses, available treatments and ways to manage their disease.
  • Norton Neuroscience Institute’s multiple sclerosis (MS) program has been designated a Center for Comprehensive MS Care by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  •  We are listed on Becker’s Hospital Review as one of 100 great neurosurgery and spine programs.
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