AMES, Iowa -- Thirty-nine percent of all adult Americans are caring for an adult with a chronic health condition. 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, says Barbara Dunn Swanson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
ISU Extension and Outreach offers Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an educational program for caregivers 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.
An Online Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Adults with Chronic Conditions series is scheduled for six Wednesdays, Oct. 28 through Dec. 9, from 6:30–8 p.m. (There is no session on November 25.)
“The virtual series will provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself,” Swanson said.
The program costs $35 per person or $40 per couple, and registration can be found online.
“Caregivers who thrive, rather than just survive, understand that by taking care of themselves they are better able to provide meaningful care,” said Swanson, who specializes in family life issues.
To learn more, visit https://www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/ptc-tools.
Contact human sciences specialist Barbara Dunn Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 563-886-6157 for more information.
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