‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’ begins April 30

More than 65 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools caregivers need to take care of themselves. If a caregiver takes care of themselves, they will be better prepared to take care of loved ones. Participants will learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, balance their lives, increase ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in partnership with Bickford Cottage is sponsoring Powerful Tools for Caregivers in Fort Dodge this spring. This program has been tested and evaluated through a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Classes consist of six, 2 hour sessions held once a week. Two experienced leaders conduct each class. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming help participants take the “tools” they choose and put them into action for their lives.

Sessions are scheduled every Wednesday for six weeks and begin on April 30. Classes will be held at Bickford Cottage from 1 to 3:30 p.m. There is a $50 fee for the program. For more information or to register, contact Ally Zagers at 576-2119.