As the upcoming IDLM Tree of Life Conference gets closer, we would like to use our blog to spotlight the wonderful experts who will be in attendance to share their knowledge in specific areas related to end of life care.

This week, to begin, we will focus on two women who will both be sharing their extensive knowledge regarding dementia care. First,, Mary Anne Oglesby Sutherly:

Mary Anne holds triple certification as a PAC trainer, consultant, and coach in Teepa Snow’s “Positive Approach® to Care” (PAC). She is also a certified dementia practitioner, and she is also certified in Alzheimer’s care by both the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

She is a member of the Gallatin Mayor’s Senior Council. She also currently serves as vice president of legislative affairs for the Tennessee Association of Adult Day Services (TAADS) and is a member of the Adult Day Services Advisory Committee for the Tennessee Department of Human Services.

In a world where people are living longer and longer, dementia is becoming an ever more common condition in the patients that end of life doulas work with. Even if your area of expertise is something completely different, anyone who works at all with end of life patients should have at least some familiarity with the typical ways that dementia progresses and the best methods for caring for dementia patients and assisting their families. These two women, both of whom have connections to Teepa Snow, will bring valuable insights, and we will be honored to welcome them both as speakers to our Tree of Life conference in November.

Keep watching this blog in the coming weeks to learn about more of the speakers who will be sharing their wisdom with us at the Tree of Life Conference. We look forward to seeing you there in November!

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