Elders First receives grant for enrichment program, August 16, 2012

Murfreesboro Post, August 16, 2012HealingTrustPNG

Elders First Adult Day Services of Rutherford County recently received a $6,000 grant from The Baptist Healing Trust.

The grant will be used by Elders First to continue to provide a humane and supportive daytime enrichment program, which is available to the estimated 2,590 people with Alzheimer’s disease currently living in Rutherford County.

The Baptist Healing Trust recently awarded funds totaling almost $2 million to 50 local non-profits for a variety of health related projects, according to President and CEO Cathy Self. The Baptist Healing Trust fosters access to compassionate health care in Middle Tennessee through its grant-making and programs.

“We are so very grateful to the people at The Baptist Healing Trust for this gesture of generosity and support,” said Tina O’Brien, founder and executive director of Elders First. “It is grants such as this that sustain our program and allow us to continue to serve those afflicted with memory-loss-related diseases as well as their family caretakers who need a break from their exhausting responsibilities.

“Elders First is a key provider of an alternative to institutional long-term care services,” O’Brien added. “The program offers physical, cognitive and socialization activities in a caring and compassionate environment. Professional staff members are trained in providing meaningful activities that utilize multisensory stimulation to bring new approaches to tasks and to compensate for damaged areas of the brain,” she explained.

Elders First is located at New Vision Baptist Church on Thompson Lane in Murfreesboro. It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and its half-day and full-day fees are highly affordable. Openings in the program are currently available.

This year’s Baptist Healing Trust grants bring the organization’s collective grant-making to more than $57 million since 2002. The Baptist Healing Trust was created when Baptist Hospital in Nashville sold to St. Thomas Health Services, a ministry of Ascension Health in St. Louis, Mo.

To learn more about Elders First in Rutherford County, call 615-542-4371 or email eldersfirst@dtccom.net.

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