ABOUT

Greetings unto you my friend! My name is Dr. Debra Tann, and for the past five years, I have committed my life’s work to the advocacy of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. My calling is to educate, empower, and encourage those in our community and at-large. Reminiscent is the name of the business. Why the name Reminiscent you may ask? Operationally defined, it is an awakening of memories of something similar; suggestive (usually followed by of); her afro is reminiscent of the 1970s. The word reminiscent is an adjective. Individuals living with dementia often reminiscence or find themselves reminiscent of their past. Often they are comfortable in their past; so they may live in a reminiscent state of mind. While the name is germane, the subtleness of its sound is befitting to our mission. Reminiscent is a 501(C)3.

Dr. Debra Tann

My Story…Could easily be your story…

A family member had dementia! When a diagnosis is given you simply do not know what to do, what to think, where to go, or what to say. Seemingly, when a doctor provides melancholic medical news such as Cancer, they generally sit with you, they may even hold your hand, provide Kleenex for your tears/nose, offer any optimistic medical advances, and provide morale and support. Additionally, you often leave the office with written materials to read about your medical condition and options. Typically the experience is the antithesis with a dementia diagnosis. When you leave the doctor’s office with a dementia diagnosis; what extensive information are you told? Are you medically guided? What are the next steps? Any resources provided unto you? Most importantly, how did you feel and how were you comforted? In my book entitled The Race of Dementia; my opening chapter deals with the many questions I pondered and how they were laced with no answers. My grandmother and my mother offered me no explanation other than my great-grandmother was “senile.” Unbeknownst to myself at the time, my great-grandmother, was experiencing what I now believe to be Alzheimer’s dementia. During this not so long ago era and perhaps even now, people quickly conclude one is either senile or crazy when it comes to dementia. Neither of the two words accurately describes a person living with the illness. Join me in the discovery of dementia and let me be the first to tell you; dementia is not a disease!

Dr. Tann’s Dementia Bio

BOOK PUBLICATION

The Race of Dementia   9/2020

CERTIFICATION & LICENSEURE

Becoming Dementia Aware     Positive Approach to Care, Teepa Snow    11/2019

Dementia Virtual Tour Facilitator    Evidenced Based Dementia, Second Wind Dreams    1/2020

Dementia Friendly Champion   11/2020

 

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

Dementia Action Alliance     Cultural Challenges for African American, Hispanics, and LGBTQ Community members living with Dementia    6/2019

Veteran’s Day Caregiving Summit   11/2020

 

TRAININGS

Dementia Friendly & Faith Based Initiative/10-2018    Virtual Dementia Tour/11-2018    Dementia & the Black Church/7-2019

30 Day Brain Health Challenge/10-2019    Fearless Caregiver/11-2019    Social Media/2-2020    In our Right Minds/2-2020

Georgia General Assembly Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Day/2-2020

Alzheimer’s Congressional Team Member (Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, AIM)/5-2020

WEBINARS/CONFERENCES

Building a Brain Health Care System   Anne Tumlinson   5/2019

Cognitive Wellness When Living with Dementia    Dr. Cynthia Green   10/2019

Bringing FTD Clinical Experience into Focus   Dr. Beth Rush   12/2019

Efforts to Foster dementia Capable Communities: A Focus on Underrepresented and Underserved Populations   12/2019

Ask the Expert-FTD  Dr. Bruce Miller  4/2020

Self-Care, Mindfulness, and Remaining Positive  Corey Esannason   4/2020

The Playlist of my life-Building a Toolbox for FTD  Tracey Lind    5/2020

Rural Caregivers Conference:  Finding the Hidden Treasures   7/2020

AAIC (Alzheimer’s Association International Conference)   7/2020

Alzheimer’s 2020: Advocating on the Campaign Trial   7/2020

Black Lives Matter in Research   Dr. Jonathan Jackson, MGH Care Research Center   9/2020

USAgainstAlzheimer’s National Summit   10/2020

Living the Grief of FTD: The Winding Paths of Loss and Resilience     Mary O’Hara, LCSW    11/2020

AFFILIATIONS   (not an exhaustive listing)

Us Against Alzheimer’s    DAWN Method    Women Against Alzheimer’s    The A-List

Dementia Matters    Balm in Gilead    Alzheimer’s Society    Alzheimer’s Association   Dementia Friend

Dementia Action Alliance    Dementia Friendly America    Bright Focus    AARP

AIM (Alzheimer’s Impact Movement)     GARD (Georgia Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias)     AFTD (The Association for Frontotemporal Dementia)

Reimagining Dementia     Altar Program     A Journey with Dementia Minds

 

CONGRESSIONAL & LOCAL CORRESPONDENCES FOR ADVOCACY

From: Senators David Perdue, Johnny Isakson, Kelly Loeffler & Representative Buddy Carter

Letter Topics: The CHANGE Act and Paid Family Leave for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Valdosta Daily Times, Letter to the Editor entitled “Promoting Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Awareness to Dissuade Elder Abuse.” (Gov. Kemp signed into law 7-2020)