Saturday, April 21 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon

Second Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

4680 Walnut Grove Road


Caring for aging family members?  Dealing with the challenges of aging?  Facing difficult decisions about an uncertain future?  We hope to help address these and other concerns through a community offering sponsored by Second Baptist Church on Saturday, April 21.  Join us in the Fellowship Hall as we welcome Linda Nichols, PhD, Bob Burns, MD, and Dennis McDuffie, M.Div.  They will cover a range of topics from caregiving to advance directives.  There will be ample time for audience questions.  Please review the bios below to learn more about our speakers.

Dr. Linda Nichols, a medical anthropologist, is the Co-Director of the VA’s national Caregiver Center and the Caregiver Center at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and a Professor of Preventive and Internal Medicine at UT.  Both Centers provide training to organizations across the country to help them work with caregivers.  Her current research focuses on helping parents of combat wounded military personnel and Veterans, examining how caregiving programs impact patient healthcare costs, implementing a dementia caregiving intervention into Tribal Communities, and working with caregivers of multiple sclerosis patients.  Her current research is funded by the U.S. Army, the National Institute on Aging, the Rx Foundation, and VA’s Rehabilitation Research and Development.

Dr. Robert Burns received his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He completed residency training and a Geriatrics Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.  He received a Master of Arts in theatre from the University of Memphis.  Dr. Burns is a Board Certified Geriatrician and a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society.  He is Professor, Departments of Preventive and Internal Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Memphis.  He is the medical director of a hospice and four nursing homes, and is the Principal, Geriatrics Group of Memphis.  His work has been published in national peer-reviewed journals including the Archives of Internal Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.  As a playwright, Dr. Burns has had plays published in health care journals and produced, regionally and off-off Broadway.

Rev. Dennis McDuffie holds degrees in Church Music and Music History from Belmont College, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Additionally, he has completed four years of Internship, Residency, and Supervisory Training in Clinical Pastoral Education (the training program for pastoral ministers).  Rev. McDuffie has been a Chaplain with the Methodist Healthcare System of Memphis since 1995.  He currently serves as a Staff Chaplain at the Methodist North Hospital in Raleigh.  As a member of the Spiritual Care Staff, Dennis’ primary assignments include the Intensive Care Units; the Palliative Care Service; the Ethic Consult Team; and education and assistance regarding Advance Directives with patients, visitors, and hospital associates. He also serves as a part-time religious studies instructor for Rhodes College teaching an internship course on chaplaincy and compassionate listening.





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