Memory Assessment Clinic Counseling Center
In response to the growing number of families affected by memory loss and dementia, Drs. Edward Shaw and Philip Clarke started the Memory Assessment Clinic Counseling Center (MACCC), a partnership between the Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine and the Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University. The MACCC provides counseling services for individuals diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Alzheimer's disease, or another form of dementia, as well as to their family members. Services include individual, couple, and family counseling, providing a safe environment to decompress (talk about the journey with mild cognitive impairment or dementia), learn as much as possible about the disease, and problem solve some of the common challenges encountered with memory and cognitive loss.
The MACCC facilitates three 10-week support groups. The Early Journey Support Group is for caregivers and their loved ones who are experiencing mild cognitive impairment or early stage dementia. The Caregiver Support Group is for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. Held at the same time as the Caregiver Support Group, a Brain Fitness Group provides cognitive and emotional stimulation through music, interactive games, and physical activities for those affected by dementia. In addition, monthly maintenance support groups are available to “graduates” of the 10-week groups who would like ongoing support.
MACCC is staffed by four licensed professional counselors: Edward G. Shaw, MD, MA, LPCA
Clarke, PhD, LPC (co- director),Nathaniel Ivers, PhD, LPC, and Brian Calhoun,
MBA, MA, LPCA. Volunteer
counselors include Brian
Neth, Wake Forest MD-PhD student and Christina Hugenschmidt,
PhD, a Sticht Center scientist and counselor. The clinic coordinator is Debbie
Barr, MA, CHES, RHEd. The Center is currently caring for more than 100
families affected by a dementia diagnosis. All services are provided at no
charge as operational expenses are supported by donations.