Powerful Tools for Caregivers

More than 65 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or intermittent basis for a friend or family member. Powerful Tools for Caregivers, beginning February 13 in Waukee, is an educational six week series designed to provide the tools a person would need to take better care of themselves and in turn, be better prepared to take care of a loved one.


Participants will learn from two certified facilitators how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate personal feelings, balance life, master tough decisions and locate helpful resources.


“I would highly recommend participation to assure that people are learning to bring balance to their caregiving role,” said a past Powerful Tools for Caregivers participant in Dallas County, Iowa. Through the program, the paritcipant says she strengthened her critical communication skills to implement in difficult situations and took comfort in sharing personal situations in a confidential environment with other program participants.


 “Caregiving takes many forms and can include helping a friend or relative with grocery shopping, living arrangements, transportation and even legal issues,” said Mickelson. “If you do one or more of these, you are a caregiver.”


Powerful Tools for Caregivers will be held on Mondays, February 13 - March 20 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 1200 Warrior Lane, Waukee. Registration is $20 per person. To register or for more information contact ISU Extension and Outreach Educator, Lisa Mickelson, at lmickel@iastate.eduor (515) 993-4281. 




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