FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 27, 2019
GALLATIN, TENNESEE -- A special town hall event titled “Sumner County Aging & Faith Town Hall” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Feb. 23 at Welch College to focus on “Addressing Aging Issues Plaguing Tennesseans and Finding Faith in the Process.” The event is designed to help Sumner County residents learn more about addressing the needs of the county’s growing senior adult population. The event takes place in Celorio Hall at Welch College, located at 1045 Bison Trail in Gallatin.
A 2019 report released by Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD) states approximately 31,330 adults aged 65+ reside in Sumner County, and that population is expected to increase 38% by 2030.
“It’s important that we as a community unite to help prepare our Sumner County residents for the coming challenges associated with the growth of our aging population,” Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, founder and executive director of Veranda Ministries, said. “We have partnered with a great list of professionals in their respective fields to share information and answer questions about managing the aging challenges facing seniors and their families.”
Seven panelists are scheduled to bring their unique perspective and insight to the areas of dementia, legal issues and estate planning, Medicare/Medicaid, legislative agenda, end-of-life care, respite care and the role of the church in aging matters. The event will be moderated by Eric Berner, certified financial planner, and “Voice of the Nashville Sounds.”
Panelists include Rep. Darren Jernigan, Dist. 60, member of the Health Committee, 111th Tennessee General Assembly; Edward E. Moody Jr., Ph.D., associate dean of education at North Carolina Central University; Mary Ann McCarthy, board certified care manager and Tennessee Supreme Court Listed Family Mediator; Kevin Williams, elder law attorney; Jennifer Burke of High Point Hospice; Kim Grubb, long-term care company consultant; and Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, Veranda Ministries.
Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, founder and executive director of Veranda Ministries, will share Positive Techniques for Memory Care during a five-day speaking tour May 7-11 in Texas.
The engagements are public service events sponsored by the MRC Healthy Living Community locations in Texarkana, Lufkin, Huntsville, College Station and Clear Lake as part of their "A Proactive Approach to Dementia" series in recognition of Older Americans Month.
"I'm grateful to MRC for the opportunity to help families learn ways to care for their loved ones with dementia," Oglesby-Sutherly said. "It's an honor for me the help others learn how to celebrate the blessings that our seniors bring to our lives.
"My goal is to help families understand that we have to go into their loved one’s current world and meet them where they are, because they can no longer come into ours,” she said.
“The dementia journey is by no means an easy one, but it’s ok to laugh, have fun and find ways to enjoy this season of their loved ones’ life. This time can be one that provides opportunities for families to grow stronger in their relationships with each other and the Lord.”
Helping families care for their senior loved ones