Powerful Tools for Caregivers Online Series Begins Aug. 5

July 20, 2020, 3:04 pm | Cheryl Clark, Mackenzie DeJong

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering an online educational series for family caregivers. Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Adults with Chronic Conditions will be offered online for six weeks beginning Aug. 5.

Senior woman taking care of her sick husband by mavoimages/stock.adobe.com.Thirty-nine percent of all adult Americans are caring for a loved one who is sick or has a disability. Caregiving can be a stressful responsibility leading to poor health, mental distress and less life satisfaction for the caregiver. It can be challenging for caregivers to find the support that they need, said Cheryl Clark, a human sciences specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

ISU Extension and Outreach offers educational resources for family caregivers. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a program for caregivers of children with special health and behavioral needs or for those who provide care for a spouse, parent or friend with a chronic condition such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The program provides information, support strategies, communication techniques, stress reduction ideas and resources to assist family caregivers with their concerns related to caregiving.

“The virtual series will provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself,” Clark said.

The Online Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Adults with Chronic Conditions series is scheduled for six Wednesdays, Aug. 5 through Sept. 9, from 1-2:30 p.m. The program costs $35 per person or $40 per couple, and registration can be found online at https://bit.ly/ptc16354.

“Caregivers who thrive, rather than just survive, understand that by taking care of themselves they are better able to provide the care their loved ones need,” said Clark, who specializes in family life issues.

To learn more, visit https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/ptc-tools.

For more information contact human sciences specialists Cheryl Clark (cclark@iastate.edu, 641-373-2196) or Mackenzie DeJong (mldejong@iastate.edu, 712-541-8737).

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