Educational program for family caregivers starts in January
AMES, Iowa — Over 43.5 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or an intermittent basis. Caregiving can be a stressful responsibility leading to poor health, mental distress and less life satisfaction for the caregiver.
“When you are taking care of an adult with chronic health conditions, it can be challenging to find the support that you need,” says Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
From late January through early March, ISU Extension and Outreach is offering Powerful Tools for Caregivers, an educational program for family caregivers.
“This series of online workshops is designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself. If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of the person in your care,” said Rader, who specializes in family life issues.
Participants will learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, balance their life, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.
A Telehealth Powerful Tools for Caregivers of Adults with Chronic Conditions series is scheduled for six Mondays, starting Jan. 25. A second series is scheduled for six Tuesdays, starting Feb. 2.
The program costs $35 per person or $40 per couple. Register online.
“The course will provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself,” Rader said. “Caregivers who thrive, rather than just survive, understand that by taking care of themselves they are better able to provide meaningful care for others.”