Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program to be Offered

Do you help take care of an older family member or friend with a chronic illness? If so, you are not alone. Over 50 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself.  If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one. As a participant you will learn how to: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings, balance your life, increase ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach is sponsoring Powerful Tools for Caregivers in Red Oak. Classes consist of six, 2-½ hour sessions held once a week. Two trained leaders, Charlotte (Kay) Myers, and Sandra McKinnon, extension family life specialist, conduct each class. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming help you take the “tools” you choose and put them into action for your life.

Sessions are scheduled every Monday for six weeks beginning on July 8. Classes will be held at the Montgomery County Extension Office in Red Oak from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  There is a $30.00 fee for the program. Participants receive a Caregiver Helpbook (a $30 value). To register, contact the Montgomery County Extension Office at 712-623-2592, before July 1. More information is available at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/montgomery.

Support from the program comes from AseraCare Hospice Foundation, the Montgomery County Extension Council and local donors.

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