Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers (no professional caregivers, please). This program will help you take care of yourself while caring for a relative or friend. You will benefit from this class whether you are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.
This class series meets once a week for six sessions, Wednesdays, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, 2014
Time: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Area Agency on Aging, 2120 N. Lakewood Drive, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814.
Class size is limited. Registration is required by Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Contact P.J. Christo, Alzheimer's Association outreach coordinator, at 208.666.2996.
What does the class cover?
This class will give YOU, the family caregiver; tools to:
· Help you reduce stress
· Communicate effectively with other family members, your doctor, and paid help
· Take care of yourself
· Reduce guilt, anger, and depression
· Help you relax
· Make tough decisions
· Set goals and problem-solve
Please note that this class will NOT focus on specific diseases or hands-on caregiving for the care receiver. Your participation will make a difference! We are interested in how the class will benefit you and other caregivers. To evaluate the program, we will ask you to complete an evaluation.
If you are interested in scheduling respite care in order to attend the class, please call P.J. Christo at 208.666.2996.
This program was developed by Legacy Caregiver Services in Portland, OR, and has been shown to reduce caregiver guilt, anger and depression; improve caregiver self-care and communication skills, and increase community service use.
Includes How-To-Do-It Book!
Each class participant will receive a book to accompany the class content. This book contains chapters covering topics such as:
· Hiring in-home help
· Helping memory-impaired elders
· Making legal and financial decisions
· Making decisions about care facility placement
· Understanding depression
· Making decisions about driving