As the median age of our population increases so do the demands of caring for aging and ailing family members and even friends. Seeing to the well-being of a loved one can quickly become a full-time endeavor. But what of the well-being of those who provide the care? The answers to that question are at the heart of the Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a 6-class educational series designed to provide caregivers with the tools and strategies to better handle the unique challenges that come with caring for another.
The series was developed by Portland-based Legacy Health System’s caregiver services and is being offered in Redmond through Redmond-Sisters Hospice in conjunction with facilitator Robbie Miller of Central Oregon Council on Aging. “Many caregivers have found this class beneficial whether the older adult you are caring for is living with you, in a nearby community or across the country,” says Miller.
According to the Powerful Tools website the 6-week scripted curriculum has been shown to improve:
- Self-Care Behaviors: (e.g. increased exercise, relaxation and medical check-ups)
- Management of Emotions: (reduced guilt, anger, and depression)
- Self-Efficacy: (increased confidence in coping with care-giving demands)
- Use of Community Resources: (increased utilization of local services)
The 90-minute class will begin on September 27, 1:30-3pm and will continue each Tuesday for six weeks in the Redmond-Sisters Hospice community room. There is no charge for the class and handouts will be provided. There is a book available for $25 but it is not required for the class. Class size is limited so early registration is suggested.