July 11, 2017
Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a series of six weekly classes 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 12, 2017 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 email@example.com.
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.