GALLATIN, TENNESSEE—Local community leaders are preparing themselves to be dunked in water during the sixth annual "Dunking for Dementia" event benefiting The Veranda, the flagship program of Veranda Ministries. The event begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 4 at The Veranda, located at 650 Nashville Pike in Gallatin. Cost is $5 per throw.

An outreach supported by Impact Fellowship Church in Gallatin, The Veranda is a respite activity program that helps meet the needs of senior adults and their families who are affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and other issues of the aging process. Activities are provided a few hours a day, three days a week to allow families much-needed respite time to take care of other family needs.

Dunk tank participants include Katlyn Clifton, CT&M Gallatin; Julie Crawford, Aveanna Healthcare; Sue Duffield, Sue Duffield Ministries; Rob Novell, Charles Novell School of Music; Damar Noecker, Veranda Family; Todd Parrish, Welch College and Impact Fellowship; Richard Patterson, Preferred Care at Home; Amanda Spencer, Legacy Village Hendersonville; Annie West, The Hearth Hendersonville; and Debbie Catron, Veranda Family.

Proceeds from "Dunking for Dementia" go to The Veranda. Donations for the dunking booth can be made online by clicking here. For more information, contact Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly at 615-675-4345 or 936-554-4615




The FOURTH ANNUAL SUMNER county caregiver conference on March 26
to feature Dr. Daniel C. Potts

FEB. 15, 2022 -- Dr. Daniel C. Potts, M.D., F.A.A.N, will speak at the fourth annual Sumner County Caregiver Conference on March 26. Hosted by Veranda Ministries and Welch College, the conference will be held in Celorio Hall at Welch College in Gallatin.

The conference is a free, educational event that covers beginning-to-advanced content and includes a boxed lunch. Registration is required before March 22.

Potts is a neurologist, author, educator and champion of those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their care partners. Additionally, he is passionate about promoting self-preservation and dignity for all persons with cognitive impairment. He practices neurology at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Clinic in Alabama.


“My wife, Ellen, and I are excited to attend The Veranda’s Spring Caregiver Conference and see, firsthand, the wonderful ministry for those who are living with dementia and their loved ones that we have heard so much about,” Potts said. “I look forward to speaking about the role of the expressive arts in bringing people back to themselves and to sharing my father's art and story."

Selected by the American Academy of Neurology as the 2008 Donald M. Palatucci Advocate of the Year, Potts also has been designated an Architect of Change by Maria Shriver.

In 2016, he was chosen by the University of Alabama Medical Alumni Association as a recipient of the Martha Myers Role Model Award, which honors physician alumni whose lives epitomize the ideal of service to their communities.

Along with his wife, Ellen W. Potts, M.B.A., he authored “A Pocket Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver,” which is recommended by the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Academy of Neurology and Maria Shriver. Inspired by his father’s transformation from saw miller to watercolor artist in the throes of dementia through person-centered care and the expressive arts, Potts seeks to make these therapies more widely available through his foundation, Cognitive Dynamics.

“We are honored this year to have Dr. Daniel Potts as our keynote speaker for the 2022 Sumner County Caregiver Conference,” Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, founder and executive director of Veranda Ministries, said. “Dr. Potts is one of the most sought-after presenters in the country. His work in the field of dementia and the arts is something all caregivers and those who work with those living with dementia should attend.

“I knew the minute I heard him speak this past year, he was the one for our conference,” she said. “I promise no one will leave disappointed.”

Sponsors for the Sumner County Caregiver Conference include Alzheimer’s Tennessee; High Point Palliative Care; Elder Mediation - Mary Ann McCarthy, MA, CMC; High Point Hospice; Preferred Care at Home; CTandM Gallatin; Williams and Cook, association of attorneys and counselors at law; West End; Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law; Sumner Funeral and Cremation; The Hearth; and Fagan Geriatric Wellness & Rehabilitation.

Based in Gallatin, Veranda Ministries’ flagship program is The Veranda, a respite activity program that helps meet the needs of senior adults and their families who are affected by Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and other issues of the aging process. It is an outreach supported by Impact Fellowship Church in Gallatin.

For more information, contact Oglesby-Sutherly or at 615-675-4345.



110th General Assembly

SiXTH annual "Dunking for Dementia"

to raise funds for The Veranda JUNE 4

HB 1498 & SB 1487 - The Respite Bill

SPRING 2018 -- When a change in a Tennessee state law in 2017 resulted in barriers for churches who offer respite programs as a ministry to continue operating, Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, executive director of Veranda Ministries, and committee members of the organization's Board of Directors enlisted the help of local legislators Sen. Ferrell Haile and Rep. Courtney Rogers.

They spearheaded an almost year-long effort to exempt churches from the state licensure requirement linked to the adult day care statute. Their efforts paid off when the legislation—House Bill 1498 and Senate Bill 1487— unanimously passed during the 110th Tennessee General Assembly and was signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam on April 2, 2018.