The Story of We Remember You
By Lee Ann Hyatt, RN, BSN,
Having worked in the field of end-of-life and dementia care for many years, I became uncomfortably aware of the difficulties faced by family caregivers of people with diseases that cause dementia. This awareness was backed by very negative statistics on how the stress of caregiving affects the physical and mental health, finances, and general quality of life for caregivers. The good news is that research also shows that education on various clinical aspects of the diseases, managing challenging behaviors, caregiving skills, and stress techniques help to decrease stress experienced by caregivers and, thus, limit the destructive effects. Support for the family caregivers who care for their loved ones at home, in a facility, or in another location is essential for wellbeing!
Now back in Middle Tennessee, where I grew up, I decided to find out where these caregivers could find services in Rutherford County. I discovered that this kind of organization did not exist, so I incorporated We Remember You, Inc. with the state of Tennessee in July 2021. As of September 2021, “We” truly became a “We” as I was joined by a very caring and creative Board of Directors. We received 501(c)(3) status from the IRS early in 2022 which makes us a tax-exempt organization. It is very exciting to think that we can now present ourselves to the Rutherford County community and begin to grow our influence. At this writing we are supporting ~55 families in our support groups. Private in-office and home visits are also available.
Additionally, we are available for educational presentations on many aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, and more than 100 other dementia-causing diseases and the caregiving for people living with these conditions. Please schedule a presentation from us with your professional or community organization.
Watch our Facebook page for frequent caregiver tips!
Also, please join us in spreading word about these no-cost services to families throughout Rutherford County. Refer them to us at:
Lee Ann (Goenne) Hyatt, RN, BSN Dementia Care Certified
PO Box 10506
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Honorariums, memorials, or donations can be sent to the above address to help us expand our mission. You will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation. (Donations made prior to our receiving 501(c)(3) status are now tax-deductible, too.)
Office space has been donated by First United Methodist Church Murfreesboro and is at 265 West Thompson Lane, Room 214.
Lee Ann Hyatt, RN, BSN, returned to Tennessee after a long career in Houston, Texas, as a registered nurse with a bachelor ‘s degree in nursing from California. The early part of her career was spent in many roles in hospice and end-of-life care but was mostly concentrated on community and professional education.
As her career progressed, she also began expanding into dementia/Alzheimer’s care. After arriving in Tennessee, she spent about a year as the director of an Alzheimer’s caregiving respite program in Bedford County. A growing awareness of the need for a support program for caregivers in Rutherford County, and the encouragement of her beloved First United Methodist Church Murfreesboro, has led her to create the services of We Remember You. She is certified in Alzheimer’s care by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. She is also an active volunteer as a community educator and support group facilitator for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Lee Ann has had many years of delivering educational presentations on topics such as senior health and care, issues of Alzheimer’s and dementia diseases, and end-of-life. During her long career she has spoken to lay community and professional groups, and has created and presented state approved continuing education to nurses and social workers.
Board of Directors:
Lee Ann Hyatt, Founder and Executive Director
Eva Mae Spielman, President of the Board
Emily Jackson, Treasurer
Emily Frye, Acting Secretary
Robbie Hooper, Member at Large
Emily Zietz, Member at Large
Terri Kelly, Volunteer