Caregivers wellness program in September

Published 8:00 pm Friday, August 20, 2021

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free six-week wellness program designed for those who provide care for a loved one. This program is being offered at no cost by Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota. Workshop sessions begin Sept. 28 at the Mower County Senior Center in Austin — from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday for six weeks.

According to a press release, some caregiver responsibilities may include periodically checking on a friend or neighbor, picking up the mail and groceries for a neighbor or loved one, overseeing parents’ health, financial and business matters and caring for a spouse with an on-going chronic condition. Caregiving responsibilities are broad, but those routinely helping or caring for someone near or far-away, are considered caregivers.

Workshop tools are provided to learn practical skills proven to reduce stress, communicate more effectively, improve self-care, make effective decisions and access community resources for caregivers. Participants also benefit from meeting other people with similar challenges and learning how to cope together.

The Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop is an evidence-based education program offering a unique combination of elements.  The six-session workshop curriculum has been shown to improve management of emotions, confidence in coping with caregiver demands and use of community resources and local services. Registration is required as seating is limited.

For additional information, questions or to register, contact 507-450-1518, or send an email to mlevine@ccsomn.org before Sept. 17.  Space is limited.