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What Makes Among Friends Special?

Among Friends’ program is designed to be safe, affordable, and easy to access.  Our goal is to enhance the lives of our participants by encouraging them to engage, as they are able.


Gentle Movement

  • chair yoga

  • indoor and outdoor walks

Cognitive and Stimulating Activities

  • flower arranging, cookie baking, creating holiday cards and decorations

  • balloon volleyball, adapted bowling

  • visits from animal friends

  • games


  • singalongs

  • drumming and musical instruments

  • guest concerts and performances

Participants have opportunities to converse and engage with others and enjoy a nutritious lunch and snacks.

Benefits to Those Facing Memory Changes

Research shows that your loved one with memory loss or mild cognitive impairment can benefit from social interaction. 



  • alleviates loneliness, which can affect a person’s cognitive decline

  • produces mental stimulation that leads to greater physical activity and better health

  • contributes to more positive attitudes and greater pleasure in life

  • promotes greater self-confidence, sense of purpose, and independence

  • encourages communication and self-expression


One hour of social activity a week is proven to lower rates of agitated behavior and improve quality of life.

Benefits to Caregivers

Respite care offers vital support to caregivers, including


  • Renewal and Relaxation - Taking a walk, strolling through the mall, or going to a museum will lower your heart rate and improve your mood.

  • Energy–Taking time to reenergize and recharge gives you the strength important to you and your loved one.

  • Space–Getting away for a few hours can help you relax and bring you a new sense of purpose.

  • Pleasure–You have the right to enjoy life as a caregiver. A few hours free of responsibility for your loved one may bring you great joy.

  • Perspective--Time away allows you to see things more clearly and to keep things in proper perspective.

  • Engagement–Social isolation is a major problem for caregivers. You must find time for your own personal enjoyment and activities.

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