Elders First receives community grant, December 28, 2007

Murfreesboro Post, Michelle Willard, December 28, 2007

Elders First Adult Day Services received a $500 grant to provide creative and therapeutic activities for seniors from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Elders First will use the money to acquire equipment and supplies for therapy services for its day care participants. The program is activity-based, Executive Director Tina O’Brien explained, and offers music and art therapies and cognitive, memory and physical exercise.

“Group activities for participants …, who have memory loss, are enjoyable and take place in a safe environment …” O’Brien said. “This encourages an increased ability to cope with losses, promotes new skills, increases adaptation skills, increases ability to accept change, promotes use and enhancement of communication skills, provides opportunities for decision-making, promotes use of cognitive abilities and creativity, and promotes competence in a social role.”

The program provides an alternative for elderly adults who aren’t quite ready for long-term care with supervision of safety and personal needs.

“This program assists caregivers who work so they may continue to care for a loved one at home and provides a much-needed break for the nonworking caregiver,” O’Brien said.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee distributed more than $1 million in grants to 203 nonprofit organizations as part of The Foundation’s annual grant making process.

“The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee connects generosity with need by supporting our region’s hard-working nonprofit organizations,” said Ellen Lehman, foundation president.

Elders First is located at New Vision Baptist Church, 1750 N. Thompson Ln. in Murfreesboro. Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. For more information, call 615-542-4371, email eldersfirst@dtccom.net, or visit www.eldersfirst-ads.org.

Michelle Willard can be contacted at 869-0816 or mwillard@murfreesboropost.com.

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