Senior Center to host workshop for caregivers

Published 5:50 pm Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Starting Sept. 28, the Mower County Senior Center in Austin will host “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” 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 MN.

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.

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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.

Sessions will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. every Tuesday for six weeks starting on Sept. 28. Registration is required as space and seating is limited.

For additional information, questions, or to register, contact Marlene at 507-450-1518 or email before Sept. 17.