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Caregivers support class to begin Aug. 24

Your father has dementia, your mom falls periodically and your neighbor struggles with grocery shopping. They all need your assistance now, in one way or another.

Before you realized it, you entered a new phase of your life - caregiving.

A caregiver is a relative or friend who provides care for an older or disabled adult. Caregiving can be as intense as providing around-the-clock care for a person with dementia, or as simple as regularly picking up groceries for a neighbor.

Caregiving is important work and it can be rewarding, but it can also be stressful. An estimated 679,000 Minnesotans are caregiving for an older or disabled adult.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class designed to provide the skills needed to take care of yourself as a caregiver and increase your confidence to provide care in difficult situations.

Faith in Action for Cass County and Horizon Health Faith in Action are sponsoring the six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers class at 1 p.m. Mondays, beginning Aug. 24, at the Hackensack Senior Center, 213 First St. S. in Hackensack.

Theresa Eclov and Krisie Charnley, licensed social worker, certified Powerful Tools class leaders, will share tools and resources to help you reduce stress, improve self-confidence, balance your life, better communicate your feelings, increase ability to make decisions and learn to locate helpful resources.

Class materials include The Caregiver Helpbook, specifically designed for this evidence-based course, funded in part through the Central Minnesota Council on Aging.

Class-time care for a family member in your home may be requested through Faith in Action respite services at no cost.

Pre-registration is required. For information, contact Theresa Eclov, Faith in Action for Cass County, at 866-675-5435 or cassfia@uslink.net.

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