Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
Old Natchez Country Club, 115 Gardengate Drive, Franklin, TN 37069
Ms. Ashley Briggs will present strategies to keep your brain healthy at our upcoming meeting. Ms. Briggs received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University, where she developed an interest in brain development. After volunteering in crisis counseling, Ashley began working with older adults and has worked in dementia care for almost 15 years, creating programs for older adults living with various dementia diagnoses. She is currently the Sales Director at Elmcroft Senior Living and an Alzheimer's Association Community Educator for the Middle and Northeast Tennessee Chapters of the Alzheimer's Association.
Brain health refers to how well a person’s brain functions to support everyday activities to function in society and enjoy life. Emerging research indicates that people can reduce their risks of cognitive decline by making key lifestyle changes in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement, and gaining insight into lifestyle choices that may help keep your brain and body healthy as you age.
The Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is the lead organization for the Tennessee Alzheimer's Association Military Advisory Council (TAAMAC). This statewide organization works to improve support and education for Tennessee veterans impacted by dementia and their families. Veterans are disproportionately affected by Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia - with research showing that this may be due to the increased incidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) in this community - so this work is particularly vital. The council meets once every two months for an hour, and council members spend an hour or two between meetings on mission-oriented tasks. Please contact Alzheimer's Association Program Manager Kelsey Williams at email@example.com or 615-622-4182 for more information.
MTC President's Message
I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has already contributed to our 2021 MTC Scholarship Initiative. By the beginning of October our contribution total is an impressive $7,924. These dollars support our annual Veteran Scholarships for Belmont and Lipscomb Universities. They additionally go toward building a perpetual endowed Lipscomb Veteran scholarship and building a fourth MOAA National endowed scholarship for military family members.
We want to wrap up the scholarship collection by the middle of November so we can disperse the donations to the respective agencies before the end of the calendar year. Traditionally we ask each member to make a minimum $25.00 tax-deductible contribution to support our scholarship initiative. If you are contributing directly to MOAA National, we ask that you annotate on your check that your donation be credited to the Middle Tennessee Chapter. For contributions directly to the Middle Tennessee Chapter, our scholarship letter to you included a self-addressed envelope, or you can drop off your check at the front desk at our October meeting.
It's amazing once again that we’re within a few weeks of the holiday season. Our last year holidays (2020) were limited by COVID-related travel restrictions that kept many of us apart from family and friends. Vaccines were only just being approved for EUA in December! Fast forward to today. While everything may not be full speed yet, I’m grateful that my family was able to reconnect this past summer with family and friends, and we are looking forward to doing so again during the holidays. Speaking of the holiday time, I encourage you to look up Wreaths Across America which will take place this year at the McCrory Lane Veteran Cemetery at 11:00 on 18 December. Additionally, we have several veteran and military events happening in our area, so please go to our website http://www.mtcmoaa.org/areaeventcalendar.html to see what’s happening.
We had another interesting and well-attended meeting on 28 September where we heard from Mr. Jim Ward of Matthew 25. He shared with us how their program is organized to help homeless veterans and other homeless men move from homelessness to self-supported living. Thank you to all who attended. I look forward to seeing many of you again at the Old Natchez Country Club for our 26 October meeting. We will hear a presentation on brain health from the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Before I close, I want to wish a Happy Birthday on October 13 to our US Navy brothers and sisters.
Literature Distribution at MTC Meetings
As a reminder to our members, The Military Officers Association of America, and the Middle Tennessee Chapter as an affiliate, are Section 501 (c) (19) organizations. This allows contributions to be tax exempt. We are prohibited from advocating for issues that may represent one political platform over another or supporting a candidate for elected office. To this end, we limit our chapter advocacy to MOAA supported national issues and veteran and military issues at the state level that do not represent one political platform.
To protect our status, we want to ensure any literature from our chapter complies with these limitations. We provide some printed materials at our meetings and occasionally include handouts from our presenters. If an individual member wishes to provide material of interest at one of our meetings, we request an emailed copy of these materials by the last day of the preceding month, so our board has time to review.
Middle TN Chapter Awarded MOAA 5-Star Levels of Excellence Award for the year 2020.
Pictured at left with the Middle TN Chapter 5-Star Award is (left to right) Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dana Adkins USAF, MOAA President and CEO; Lt. Col. (Ret.) Karon Uzzell-Baggett USAF, First Vice President of the Middle TN Chapter; and General Skip Sharp, USA Retired, Chairman of the MOAA Board. The Award was presented and accepted at the MOAA National Meeting in Arlington, VA on 15 October 2021.
Out of just over 400 MOAA affiliates, 162 councils and chapters nominated themselves for awards this year. Input from those who submitted a package for consideration was independently evaluated by two members of the Council and Chapter Affairs Committee of the MOAA board of directors.
MTC Membership Updates
Please join us in welcoming the following new members, who have joined the Chapter during the 2021 membership year: