Program Descriptions

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Introductory Session (60 - 90 minutes)

Booking Now

An opportunity to learn about programs, services, and resources related to caring for older adults and caregivers offered in your local community. Meet our team along with national, state, and local partners who offer specialized programs to train volunteers to support older adults and caregivers within faith and religious communities. 

Target Audience: Anyone with a desire to learn more about the care of older adults. 

Workshop I: The Basics (5 hours)

Booking Now for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

A jam-packed educational opportunity to learn more about specific topics related to older adults and caregivers. Experts will give presentations on dementia, caregiving, legal issues, transitions of care, advance care planning, mental health, and safety. This workshop will emphasize how to incorporate programs serving older adults and caregiver into the faith and religious community. Resources will be available to review and information on specific facilitator trainings will be highlighted. 

Target Audience: Faith and religious community leaders and congregants with a heart for serving older adults. Lunch and workshop materials included with workshop registration. 

Workshop II: Let’s Get Serious (4 hours)

Booking Now for Spring 2023

Participants will receive information and resources on emergency & disaster preparedness, livable communities, financial safety, and caregiver support from statewide experts. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that empowers people to choose how they live as they age. In addition, this workshop will feature opportunities for legal consultation offered by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and a session to discuss healthcare decisions hosted by Honoring Choices Tennessee. 

Target Audience: Open to anyone. Lunch and workshop materials included with workshop registration.


Dr. Fayron Epps

Alter guides and equips predominantly African American places of worship to become trailblazing dementia-friendly faith communities. We have several tools to help faith communities learn and grow. 

Virtual Introductory Sessions: 3rd Thursday of Each Month: Register at  tinyurl.com/AlterProgram

Chronic Disease Self-Management Training

Tennessee Department of Health: Chronic Disease & Health Promotion

According to America’s Health Rankings 2021 report, Tennessee ranks 41st among states for health outcomes.  Notable challenges Tennessee faces include high levels of smokers, people living with chronic health conditions, and people experiencing mental distress. To decrease and manage the impact of chronic conditions within your faith-based communities, the Tennessee Department of Health is seeking individuals interested in becoming Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) Leaders. During this free, 7-week virtual training, individuals will develop tools to lead community workshops and increase community confidence to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives. 

Crisis Intervention Training Connect: Faith-Based and Religious Community Edition

Eve Nite and Lt. Elliott Mahaffey

Participants will learn tools to identify and support individuals in need of mental health services in the faith and religious community setting. 

Heart Tones

Dr. Gloria Thomas Anderson

Promoting healthcare decision-making through Advance Care Planning conversations, education, and preparation that helps bridge disparity gaps for Black Americans. A Nationwide Heart Tones™ Advance Care Planning (ACP) Education Initiative for African American Communities.

Faith-Based & Religious Community Toolkit

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The Faith-Based & Religious Community Toolkit is designed specifically to provide the tools for congregations to support older adults and their caregivers. Tips, checklists, and resources are provided on building dementia-friendly congregations and worship experiences, caring for caregivers, mental health, and many other topics. This toolkit is offered to each congregation who participates in Answering the Call programs. Individuals desiring this information for their own use can access digital content online or receive a copy of the resource folders. 

School of Nursing

School of Nursing