Debra Tann, Ed. D. Untangles The Race of Dementia: Care, Cure, and Disparity
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About Debra Tann, Ed. D.
As a young child, Debra Tann encountered what she later learned to be dementia in her beloved great grandmother. At the time, the condition was known as “senility.” This encounter had a significant impact on her young heart and mind. Many years later, after a 14-year career as a professor in Political Science, and another 14 years operating an independent Christian school, she has taken her professional skillset and transitioned her platform to that of dementia education. She is a certified Dementia Educator, certified Dementia Friends Champion, and a certified Virtual Dementia Tour facilitator. And she’s now the CEO of Reminiscent, an organization offering Alzheimer’s and dementia education in her community.
She is also the author of The Race of Dementia, part memoir, part guide to assist caregivers on the dementia journey with humor, insight, and practical advice. This book explores the racial disparities in dementia care as well as the race to find a cure.
Debra advocates on behalf of dementia from a three-pronged position:
· Locally, she is CEO at Reminiscent, in her hometown, Valdosta, Georgia;
· At the state level she is active with GARD (Georgia Alzheimer’s & Related Dementias); and
· Nationally, she advocates for AIM (Alzheimer’s Impact Movement). She is appointed to Senator Jon Ossoff.
Originally from Sacramento, Debra is married to a retired United States Naval service member. Together they have three young adult sons, three daughters-in-law, one granddaughter, and two grand dogs. She loves traveling, reading, Bible study, strolling the shoreline, theatrical plays, and stand-up comedy.
In this episode, we discuss how to help children understand a dementia encounter, how confusion begets confusion, how dementia adversely affects people of color, and how caregivers can empower themselves.
We are joined by my friend and AlzAuthors co-founder Jean Lee, author of Alzheimer’s Daughter, who is the acquisitions editor that introduced Debra to our organization.
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Read Debra’s AlzAuthors Post: https://alzauthors.com/2021/07/20/debra-tann-race-of-dementia/
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