FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2020
As calls by government leaders and healthcare professionals for “social distancing” are made to help slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, many individuals may struggle with isolation. However, for people living with dementia, social isolation can be even more detrimental to their physical and mental health.
To help relieve those who serve as care partners for loved ones living with dementia, members and volunteers of The Veranda, an activity-based respite program in Gallatin, coordinated an Easter Parade to the homes of its clients in the Sumner County area. The group spent Tuesday, April 7 logging more than 100 miles, stopping at 10 homes and practicing safe-distance measure for short, social check-ins. Wearing protective masks and gloves, they delivered Easter-themed activity baskets and essential paper goods such as paper towels, cups, toilet paper and cleansing items during their brief outdoor visits.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 19, 2020
Veranda Ministries and its flagship respite program, The Veranda, are among several other resources listed in the Gallatin Senior Directory, an online list of service providers with physical locations in Gallatin for seniors.
The Gallatin Senior Directory was created by the City of Gallatin’s Senior Roundtable Committee, a group tasked by Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown to help seniors and caregivers easily locate services they need.
Thanks to NewsChannel 5 for sharing the story. Churches and organizations that provide services for seniors are asked to use one of the two surveys mentioned in the news story to provide info about their program. (See survey links at left.)
Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, founder and executive director of Veranda Ministries, is one of 15 members who serve on the Senior Roundtable Committee.
“It’s an honor to serve with the Mayor and others in this project. A special thanks to Robin Williams, CEO of SilverLink, for organizing and facilitating our committee,” Sutherly said. “This will be a great resource for families in the Gallatin community.”
Other members include Paige Brown, Mayor, City of Gallatin; Robin Williams, CEO of SilverLink, LLC & Founder, Community Life Bridge, and organizer of the Gallatin Senior Roundtable; Jeff Hentschell, communication director, City of Gallatin; Susan Peach, CEO, Sumner Regional Medical Center, market president of Highpoint Health System; Lori Johnson, Sumner Regional Medical Center; Kim Baker, CEO, Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce; Beverly Stovall, director, Gallatin Senior Center, Inc.; Rebecca Stewart, director of community outreach, Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation & Healing; Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, retired, author of numerous books and articles on aging and older adult ministry; Dr. Ted Hill, retired medical doctor; Robin Dowell, retired teacher; Marty Gaureke, marketing manager and event coordinator, Gallatin Parks & Recreation; Stephanie Harville, executive director, Morningside of Gallatin; and Jenna Hunter, director of business development, Heritage Law Firm.
For more information about the senior directory, email email@example.com or call the mayor’s office at 615.451-5961.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 4, 2020
Veranda Ministries is pleased to introduce Jill Taylor as our new community outreach and operations coordinator. Jill is a native of Brentwood, Tennessee, and lives in Sumner County with Jim, her husband of 32 years. She is a certified end-of-life-doula who specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Jill received a Bachelor of Science degree in social work with a minor in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
She also is an enrichment coordinator consultant for Christian Towers and the Manor of Gallatin and a licensed real estate agent for the Middle Tennessee area.
In 2006, Jill became the sole caregiver, financial manager and advocate for her mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and began a journey with the disease that lasted nearly 14 years. The intimate experience created a zeal to fight for the respect and dignity deserved by those living with dementia. Jill is on a mission to use her experience and education to offer meaningful guidance.
“Through the journey of caring for my mother, I learned how little support there is for those living with dementia, and why I advocate for those living with the disease and their families, as well,” she said. “It is my deeply held belief that a one size fits all approach to care does not work in caring for those living with dementia. It must happen at a personal level and be holistic at its core.”