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Who Are We?

As the direct result of the founder's struggle with Alzheimer's disease in her family and her realizing that she was not alone in needing help, First Friends was borne with the permission and blessing of First Baptist Church in Amory, and opened for business on January 8, 2001, with 25 trained volunteers and only two participants. It was begun with all volunteer help. Now, there are six staff members and approximately fifteen volunteers. The ratio is two participants to one staff person.

The mission of First Friends is to provide respite for families of the elderly, including those struggling with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia; socialization for the participant; and general and specific support for families.

Through our affiliate, the Alzheimer's Association, First Friends provides a toll-free 24/7 Help Line number (1-800-272-3900); free Alzheimer's education for individuals and health-care organizations; free in-service training for health-care institutions; awareness programs for community and civic organizations; resources for families and community; lending library of books, videos, cassettes and many free brochures and pamphlets as well as individual and group dementia counseling. A support group meets once monthly on the premises for caregivers and interested others. Sitter service is provided for families who need to bring their loved one to the support meeting.

What Are We?

First Friends offers activities for participants designed to meet the level of each individual and will include games, stories, crafts, singing, dancing, and conversations on many topics. Some of these activities have included a baby-loving day where children visit with the participants, balloon-toss game, pet day where pets visit with the participants, and each activity with one-on-one supervision.

When Do We Meet?

First Friends' hours of operation are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Third Street, Amory, MS, across from the post office. Participants bring a bag lunch. Beverages are furnished. The daily fee is $25 payable one month in advance. As many as two absent days in one month can be carried over to the next month.

Requirements for admission: an annual tuberculosis test; a doctor's statement as to overall health and the participant's life story. The life story is used in interchange with the participant, and can be as lengthy or abbreviated as the family desires.

Where Do We Meet?

We meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Amory, Mississippi, at the corner of Third Street and First Avenue across from the Post Office. This is a community-driven program that is available to anyone within driving distance of Amory, Mississippi.

Why Have Respite?

According to Emory University families often say the activities, structure, and the socialization that is offered in adult day programs stimulate the person in a very positive way. Caregivers also report benefits to themselves when they are able to engage in activities other than care giving. They use the time to run errands, do household chores, go to their own medical appointments, get exercise, relax, play bridge, and numerous other activities.

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