VALDOSTA – When her great-grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia, Dr. Debra Tann said she had several questions about the diagnosis.
She was unable to find answers, the Valdosta resident said.
Since, she has embarked on a journey to learn and educate others about Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
“It is my sincerest desire to be able to provide answers to the questions that many still know truly little about,” Tann said.
She is now a congressional team member for the Alzheimer’s Association, and she works with Georgia’s Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias. She is a brain health advocate and has established Reminiscent.
“Reminiscent is my newest project,” Tann said. “Its purpose is to educate, empower and encourage those living with dementia, their caregivers and family members.”
The organization has seven planks for a community educational program.
The planks are the virtual dementia tour, memory cafes, reminiscent therapy, dementia education, caregivers getaway, dementia 101 and the development of a dementia-friendly community, Tann said.
Reminiscent seeks civic organizations, faith-based organizations, businesses and caregivers and others in the community.
“Dementia is colorblind and affects the human race profoundly,” Tann said. “Consequently, the race of dementia is in progress and runners need to be equipped.”
To further teach people, Tann authored “The Race of Dementia.”
A book that took seven months to write, “The Race of Dementia” is a health publication released in September.
“The essence of the book is to provide readers with dementia education, empowerment and encouragement,” Tann said.
“The personal interviews are riveting, the train the trainer segment is engaging and the book’s discussion about disparities are enlightening. Each chapter of the book offers the reader a learning experience.”
“The Race of Dementia” will be available at amazon.com and book stores for purchasing in coming weeks.
Tann sponsors the “Mask”querade Walk-A-Thon Saturday, Nov. 7. She will be part of a virtual webinar regarding dementia, caregiving and financial opportunities for veterans Nov. 11, she said.
As a continued servant leader for our community, it gives me great pleasure to share my heart and mind, concerning that of Alzheimer’s and other dementias as it relates to the trajectory of the disease and COVID-19. Allow me to extrapolate.
The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened and continues to threaten the health of millions in this country and around the world. What is more, it also presents additional challenges for more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their caregivers, researchers and the nonprofit organizations in our community and at large, serving these vulnerable populations.
According to the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, by 2025, more Georgians will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the staggering rate of 27.6%. Notwithstanding, Georgia Medicaid costs for caring with Alzheimer’s will increase 33.5% by 2025. Georgians deserve the right care, at the right place and at the right cost.
Fortunately, Congress can act now, to help those suffering with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, by including provisions to support our community in the fourth economic relief package.
Join me in asking Georgia’s Congressional Sen. David Perdue to cosponsor the Promoting Alzheimer’s Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act and include it and other significant priorities in the fourth COVID-19 pandemic relief package.