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Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia Advisory Council


The purpose of the council is to:

1) Continually assess the current status of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia in this state and to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia on Tennessee residents;

2) Examine the existing industries, services, and resources addressing the needs of persons, families, and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia;

3) Develop a strategy to mobilize a state response to matters regarding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia; and

4)  Provide recommendations to the governor and to the general assembly on issues related to its work.

Council Members

  • Senator Rusty Crowe
  • Representative Sabi Kumar
  • James Dunn, Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability
  • Patti Killingsworth, TennCare
  • Dennis Temple, Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services 
  • Sally Pitt, Tennessee Department of Health 
  • Kirk Mason, CEO, Stones River Manor
  • Dr. Howard Kirshner, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Janice Wade Whitehead, Alzheimer’s Tennessee
  • Jesse Samples, Tennessee Health Care Association
  • Elizabeth Bradshaw Scott, Tennessee Nurses Association
  • Reverend Richard Brown, Payne Avenue Missionary Baptist Church
  • Dawn Bunn, Alzheimer’s Association TN Chapter 
  • Van Cluck, LeadingAge TN Board of Directors
  • Laura Musgraves, family caregiver representative 
  • Dr. David Compton, person living with Alzheimer’s


Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia State Plan

Alzheimer’s and Related Dementia State Plan Update 2021