Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, the director of the Veranda Ministries in Gallatin, TN, is the host of this conversational journey on aging, care-giving and most of all - loving the elderly. You will learn, laugh, cry and desire to do more to help those who qualify as the "invisible elderly." This bi-monthly podcast will feature some of today's experts on dementia, Alzheimer's, senior advocacy and aging.
It's Mary Anne's desire to see Christians and the church be on the forefront of caring and showing respect and dignity to our aging population. She not only preaches it - she lives it. Mary Anne is also the author of the book "Remember For Me" - Life Lessons from Those Living with Dementia.
48. The Bereavement of Leap Year
Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly's mother's homegoing happened on a Leap Year. As with any family losing a loved one, the anniversary of that loved one's death comes in a tsunami-like wave of great proportion each year. But February 29th only happens every four years, and obviously, it can make the intensity of the weight of grief even more difficult.
Take a drive "across that Memphis Bridge" with Mary Anne as she revisits the most difficult days of her life. She shares how the broken system of her parents' care throttles her passion in offering hope for caregivers by fascillitating The Veranda Ministries respite program for those with dementia and Alzheimer's.
Supportive friends and family, along with your own quality of health and well-being, can play a role in how grief impacts you following bereavement. It’s important to know that there are healthy ways to cope with grief. Life may never be quite the same again, but honoring your loved one on those anniversaries can bring hope and optimism as you move forward with your life.
47. Geriatric Care, Behaviors, Unmet Needs and Dementia
Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly's guest is Brenda Powers, a registered nurse specializing in geriatric care, with a strong focus on supporting the aging population, especially those with dementia. Brenda has actively contributed enhancing geriatric care through workforce development panels, aiding in devloping dementia education programs like the Vanderbilt Nurse Practitioner School and participating on boards dedicated to the health care improvement within the aging community.
This episode is a difficult reality to hear, speciifically addressing the truth about unment needs and the use of medications for those living with dementia. Families of demetia loved ones need to heed and be aware. Practical, insightful and filled with hands-on advocacy, this episode is just the beginning of the dialogue between Brenda and Mary Anne.
46. Teepa Snow Knows Dementia and Hospice
Episode 46 from the #agingangstandalleluiaspodcast, featuring host Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly and Teepa Snow, is a candid and vulnerably honest dialogue about hospice and dementia. The hunger for knowledge to help others began with Mary Anne's desire to experience Teepa and The Positive Approach to Care (PAC) Team, bringing it to fruition, for without this team, there would be no Veranda Ministries.
45. The Living Disease - Dementia
With relationship-based approach for individuals with dementia, human touch plays an important role in promoting overall well-being. There's nothing quite like a hug or holding hands to promote a physical relaxation response. It's known to reduce levels of cortisol, a hormone released during times of stress. And there's no difference between those with or without dementia in that response.
The Veranda Ministries offers caregivers the role of "Second Family", as each day, clients are treated with great care and personal attention. When one of the Veranda "chosen" passes on, it's not unlikely that the remaining friends and staff also go through their own kind of grief. Much like Miss Jane, Yvonne and Ricky, you will hear the heart-felt journey that each one took, as Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly tells their moving stories.
Caregivers need aftercare too.
44. Dreaming, Dementia and the Holidays
Even in congnitive decline, the neural processes of dreaming bring important benefits for regulating the emotions and creativity. One certain client named Martha of the Veranda in Gallatin, TN, is mentioned both in this episode and Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly's book. Depicting a story in grandiose detail, Martha describes her loved one coming home on Christmas Eve. She eloquently shares the sound of the train whistle in the distance. Much of the story isn't true, but it goes to show you that the incredible detail of a brain suffering with dementia can dream up amazing colorful stories.
This episode 44 is also dedicated to Ricky, who just after recording, passed on to his eternal home.
Making memories with your loved ones is better than any extravagant pricey gift. Keep it simple. Find a new normal. Take them where their heart is. Make even the slightest little thing special. This is the basis of relationship-based care, especially during the holidays.
Mary Anne and host, Sue Duffield, share their way of understanding what it takes to minister to a population of caregivers for the elderly and those with dementia. Our best gift to them is a voice of advocacy.
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43. A Proactive Perspective in Dementia Care
Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, the visionary Founder and Executive Director of Veranda Ministries, has added a new dimension to her impactful work in senior care with the release of her latest book, A Proactive Perspective in Dementia Care: A Relationship-Based Approach, on November 2, 2023. The book is now available in paperback and ebook version on Amazon.
In her book, Oglesby-Sutherly draws upon her extensive experience as a certified dementia practitioner and her role as a leader in senior care advocacy. A Proactive Perspective provides a unique and empowering approach to dementia care, emphasizing the importance of proactive strategies in fostering meaningful relationships with individuals facing cognitive challenges.
A Proactive Perspective invites readers to ponder a deeper meaning to personhood, challenge stigmas surrounding dementia, and celebrate enduring human connections. Oglesby-Sutherly encourages caregivers, family, and individuals involved in experiencing dementia to live a more vibrant and connected life with each other.
Oglesby-Sutherly founded Veranda Ministries, an accredited non-profit organization offering dementia care, and The Veranda, a respite program for aging adults.
Podcast producer, Sue Duffield, praises the relevancy and biblical necessity of “The Kingdom principle" as definitively described in scripture. According to Leviticus 19:32, to ‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God.’ Mary-Anne says it best: 'Sadly, instead of a refuge to run to as we age, church has become more of a place to run from.' Something is horribly lost when our local church stops considering the aging members of their congregation as part of their community. Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly, and her diverse ministry of caring for those with dementia, teaches and facilitates churches, via conferences and outreaches on how to understand the need for congregations to embrace generational care and its benefits.”
I have listened to all three episodes. Host Mary Anne Sutherly is clearly passionate about helping families and patients live their best within the realm of dementia. I wrote down some notes during the first episode and by the third episode with Dr Daniel Potts I had pages. These conversations opened my eyes to new ways to view and interact with someone with dementia.
First podcast of Aging Angst & Alleluias
How refreshing to hear candid conversations about real life. These dear ladies “get it!” Life has seasons and some are not spoken of as freely as others. I look forward to each new podcast. Share the news of this podcast with your friends!
Vibrant, fun, excruciatingly honest
This first episode only makes you want more! Congrats to Mary Anne Oglesby-Sutherly and her team for creating a Christian perspective podcast on Alzheimer’s, dementia and the caregivers.