AMES, Iowa – Do you help take care of an adult with chronic conditions? If so, you are not alone. Over 43.5 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or an intermittent basis.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools that family caregivers need to take care of themselves. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering the series online this fall.
“If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one,” says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
“In Powerful Tools for Caregivers you will learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings, balance your life, increase your ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources,” said Rader, who specializes in family life issues.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers has been tested and evaluated through a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging. This online course is being offered in connection with the Telehealth Powerful Tools for Caregivers Effectiveness Study to examine the effectiveness of delivering the program online as compared to in-person. Participation is voluntary and you may stop at any time.
Classes consist of six, 90-minute sessions held once a week. Two experienced leaders conduct each class.
“Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming help you take the ‘tools’ you choose and put them into action for your life,” Rader said.
Sessions are scheduled every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for six weeks and begin on Oct. 29. There is no cost for the program. To register, visit http://bit.ly/ptc13847. For more information, contact Malisa Rader at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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