Caregiver Support

Our PLACE Caregiver Support Group   

2nd Friday of each month, 9a - 11a

Tellico Village Library, 300 Irene Lane, Loudon, TN

This support group is affiliated with Alzheimer’s TN., Inc., and is dedicated to providing education featuring 

guest speakers, fellowship, and support for those giving care to an elderly loved one. 

Refreshments are provided.  

*To be added to the Caregiver Support Group contact list, please email

Men's Support Group

3rd Wednesday of each month, 1p - 3p

Christ Our Savior Lutheran, 260 Wade Road W, Loudon, TN

Facilitated by Matt Noll, Owner, Home Instead Senior Care of Maryville

Worship Service

Held Quarterly on Wednesday at 4:30pm

Next Worship:  March 27,2024

In Partnership with Community Church 

Our Place, 103 Cheeyo Way, Loudon, TN

Additional/Online Resources:

Alzheimer's Tennessee -

Alzheimer's Association -

Pat Summitt Foundation -

Thanks for Caregivers and Community

Diane Strever for Our PLACE

We are filled with gratitude this month for all of the blessings we’ve experienced at Our PLACE.  

We want to thank Jim Dezzutti for his vision, dedication, and leadership in establishing Our PLACE as a viable, important service to the community. Jim and the Board of Directors developed a business plan, raised the necessary funds, and were able to have the original facility built. With Jim retiring from the Board, Rob McCoy has taken his place as chairman.

We have just completed the Phase 1 building expansion and can now accept more participants into our Alzheimer/Dementia Day Programs.  Please contact our Executive Director, Sarah Martin at 865-757-7222 for more information!

We are proud to announce that Our PLACE received the Loudon County Chamber of Commerce NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR AWARD for 2024! We also recently received a grant from the Pat Summitt Foundation to enhance outreach and education through Zinnia TV. The channels on Zinnia TV have 10-minute videos on a variety of topics, which are designed to stimulate conversation and engagement while reducing stress and anxiety.

We also are thankful for all who supported the Our PLACE Gala on May 19th! Those who attended had a great meal and wonderful entertainment, but everyone understood the real beneficiaries that evening were the participants, families, and caregivers who face Alzheimer’s and dementia every day! We thank all businesses and individuals who provided items for our auction that evening.  Please save the date for our next major fundraiser - our annual "Walk to Remember" on October 5th at the Lenoir City Park!

Our Moment of Joy individual this month is Darrell. Darrell is a native East Tennessean who grew up in Hamblin County. He met his wife Sue in Knoxville; they have been married for 66 years and have two children. Darrell spent 30 years with the Air National Guard in Alcoa and traveled to Germany during the Berlin Crisis in 1961. (Darrell was able to share with me just last week the fueling missions he could vividly recall during that time.) He made several trips to Germany, and Sue was able to travel with him through Europe. While in the Air National Guard, Darrell enrolled in night school at UT, majoring in accounting. He earned his CPA degree and would do income tax preparation as well. He retired at age 55 and continued to travel with Sue.  They resided in Florida from 2008 to 2023, then moved back to TN. 

Darrell has been in the program at Our PLACE since December of 2023 and attends three days a week. Sue felt he would benefit from the program because he was sleeping lots, needed stimulation, and watching TV. He also was isolated from friends, as they were too far to visit with him. His doctor recommended the Pat Summitt Clinic, but Sue already knew of Our PLACE and its program. Darrell loves people, and he has opened up, and “blossomed” with the friends he sees there. He is much happier and delightful to be around. Sue says he can remember the names of the other participants in the program, and it is easy to get him up and out those days. Darrell especially loves the music that visiting groups or individuals provide. When he is at Our PLACE, it gives Sue the chance to relax, shop at her own pace, or enjoy sewing for leisure. Sue feels the difficulty with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia is  “you don’t know what to expect.” The joy is in those “bright moments you cherish.”

Our PLACE is an independent, 501©(3) nonprofit that seeks to improve quality of life by providing a day program of social interaction, enrichment, and therapeutic activities in a safe and nurturing environment for adults living with Alzheimer's or other dementia-related diseases.

Contact Us

103 Cheeyo Way

Loudon, TN 37774

(865) 657-7222