Alter: A Dementia-friendly Congregation Program for African American Churches

Monday, February 28, 2022
7:00-8:00 pm (EST)


Dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is attacking the African American community and through the Alter program, Dr. Epps is making sure African American churches are equipped to respond to this public health crisis. The Alter program partners with African American congregations/ministries and provide them education, resources, and financial contributions to enable them to support older adults and families affected by dementia.  This program is of no cost to the church and works with churches in 3 main areas: support programs, education/awareness, and worship. Alter is here to help church leaders help their members. Please join us to learn more how Dr. Epps and her team can support your congregation.

For this presentation, the following topics will be covered

  • The need for tailored dementia-related support and resources in the African American community
  • The role of the African American church in addressing disparities associated with dementia
  • A discussion on how the Alter program can support African American churches and families facing dementia.


Speaker:  Dr. Fayron Epps is a nurse with over 20 years of experience and is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at Emory University, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Principal Investigator of the Faith Village research lab. Dr. Epps is an active member with numerous professional organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern Gerontological Society, Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter, and Meals on Wheels Atlanta. She also serves on the Leadership Core of the Public Health Center of Excellence in Dementia Caregiving at the University of Minnesota. Her career goal as a nurse scholar is to promote quality of life for families affected by dementia through research, education and service.  Dr. Epps is also the founder of the only nurse-led dementia friendly congregation program, Alter. For this program, Dr. Epps and her interdisciplinary team partners with African American faith communities to provide them with the necessary tools and resources needed to support families facing dementia.