September 18, 2018
Time: 1:00PM to 3:30PM
Location: Community Room in the school
Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a series of six weekly sessions to assist persons who provide care for ailing relatives or friends, will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays starting September 18, 2018 in the Annunciation School Building.
The frustration, depression, and even anger that affect those helping an aged parent or incapacitated spouse can cloud decision-making, upset all other relationships and impact the health of the caregiver. That is what Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a national program developed by Legacy Health Systems (Portland, Oregon) and Stanford University, addresses.
Under the auspices of the Erie County Caregiver Coalition, certified trainers with personal caregiver experience conduct the weekly classes. Past attendees attest to the transformational benefits—caregivers are able to reduce personal stress, communicate better with loved ones and health care professionals, increase their ability to make difficult care decisions, and balance their own lives better.
Throughout the series, participants receive information about available local resources and brainstorm solutions to common problems.
Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. A fee of $25.00 defrays the cost of The Caregivers Helpbook, distributed to all participants. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of WNY and Independent Health cover this fee for their members. For more information and to pre-register call 858-2177, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes are co-sponsored by The University at Buffalo-School of Public Health and Health Professions and The Erie County Caregiver Coalition.
"I highly recommend that anyone taking care of a person who is challenged by any type of illness, being dementia, mental, cancer, and taking care of the elderly, to go to the Powerful Tools for Caregivers seminars. Not only did I receive handouts, a book, but support and I realized I am not alone. We had support, tears, and hugs for when we needed them. These classes taught me patience. It taught me it was ok for me to take me time and not to feel guilty. They gave us resources that can give support for us and those we are taking care of that you may not know is out there. It gave me strength and I'm sure it did with the rest of our group. I'm going thru an illness with my parents and I can feel all these lessons I learned come into play without me having to think about it. Do this, even if you're not taking care of anyone now, it will definitely help you in the future! I am so happy I did and wish i could take a refresher course just to help others."
- Dara Anderson, former participant