Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class Completed

Every day over 65 million Americans act as family caregivers. They provide a vast array
of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis.
Six family caregivers from Montgomery County recently completed Powerful Tools for Caregivers.
Over the course of six weeks, family caregivers learned about tools needed to take care of themselves as they care for an older adult. “If family caregivers learn to take good care of themselves, they will be better prepared to take good care of their loved ones,” says Sandra McKinnon, ISU Extension family life specialist.
Caregivers learned how to: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate their feelings, balance their lives, increase ability to make tough decisions and learn to locate helpful resources.
Kay Myers, local trained class leader, and McKinnon, facilitated the classes held at the Montgomery County Extension Office in Red Oak. Local supporters included: AseraCare Hospice Foundation, Montgomery County Extension council, Lions Club, Montgomery County Memorial Hospital and HyVee. Iowa State University Extension provides statewide coordination for this national program.
Photo:  Front row (LtoR): Deloris Geist, Sandi Bates; Back row (LtoR): Priscilla Williams, Judy Sandin, Kay Myers, Connie Bishop. Not pictured: Liz Stuvick.

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