Powerful Tools for Caregivers sessions to be held in Paullina this Fall

PRIMGHAR, Iowa – Over 43.5 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services to older adults or adults with chronic conditions. To provide local support for family caregivers, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach will host Powerful Tools for Caregivers at the First Presbyterian Church in Paullina from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for six Tuesdays beginning Oct. 15.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide caregivers - family members, hospital staff, nursing home staff, volunteers and any other interested parties - with the tools they need to take care of themselves while taking care of others. If caregivers take care of themselves, they are better equipped to take care of the person or people they care for.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers participants will learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate their feelings, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers provides caregivers with the resources and knowledge to empower them personally and help them be successful professionally,” said Lori Hayungs, Human Sciences Specialist in Family Life with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We hope that employers and family members will encourage caregivers to participate in this enlightening, research-based program.”

Classes consist of six 90-minute sessions held once a week on Oct. 15, 22, 29 and Nov. 5, 12 and 19 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Trained facilitators will lead the class in interactive lessons, discussions and the sharing of helpful tools and resources.

To register for the program, visit http://bit.ly/ptc14157 or call 712-957-5045. There is a $30 per person or $40 per couple registration fee to help cover the cost of materials and training; however, financial assistance is available, if needed.

For more information on financial assistance or answers to other program-related questions, contact Kate or Marsha at the ISU Extension and Outreach O’Brien County office at 712-957-5045 or xobrien@iastate.edu. 

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