VERANDA Ministries to host certification

course April 4-5 with nationally recognized

dementia care expert Teepa Snow


GALLATIN, TENNESSEE -- Nationally recognized dementia care

expert Teepa Snow and members of her Positive Approach to

Care® team will hold a consultant certification course In Gallatin, Tennessee, on April 4-5 at The Veranda, located at 650 Nashville Pike, Suite 7A.

The two-day course is limited to 25 participants, and course fee is $1,900 per person. The course is designed for professionals who counsel and advise families working through dementia-related challenges.

“This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from Teepa Snow about her groundbreaking Positive Approach to Care®,” Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, executive director and founder of Veranda Ministries, said. “Snow’s techniques are widely used by families and professionals who are dedicated to caring for those with dementia or other brain impairments.”

Participants will learn strategies to connect with people in a meaningful way and methods of providing the right resources and support at the right time. The first day of the course focuses on the role of a dementia consultant, and the second day centers on practicing and applying consultant tools.

Nurses and social workers may obtain 21 CEs after course completion. The training is recommended for geriatric care managers, social workers, executive directors, marketing directors, senior living advisors, marriage and family therapists, community and family living liaisons, faith-based leaders, elder law attorneys and mental and behavioral health professionals.

To register, contact the PAC Certification Coordinator at or call 678-772-0958.



COST: $1,900 per person

Limited to 25 participants

PLEASE NOTE: If paying registration fee or sponsorship online, please be sure to also download and complete the corresponding forms and send to address listed on the form.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019
Long Hollow Golf course, Gallatin, TN

  • 8 AM Shotgun Start
  • $75 per player
  • Sponsorships Available - $100 minimum sponsorship
  • Contact: Rip Ryman, 615-859-0409
  • Make checks payable to: Veranda Ministries, and mail to: The Veranda, 650 Nashville Pike, Suite 7A, Gallatin, TN 37066

To register, contact:

PAC Certification Coordinator

SUMNER county "aging & Faith" town Hall set for Feb. 23


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.