Family caregiver workshop scheduled


Do you live in Scioto County or surrounding communities? Are you a family caregiver looking for some educational tools to help you in your caregiving role?

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is a free educational series sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) that is designed to provide you with the tools to take care of yourself while caring for a relative or friend. It is available to help family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Pre-registration for “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is required by April 27 by calling AAA7 at 800-582-7277, ext. 22215 or 22247, or emailing info@aaa7.org. The classes will be held each Friday at the Scioto Senior Center, 117 Market Street in Portsmouth, beginning May 4.

Classes consist of six sessions held once a week. Two experienced class leaders conduct the classes and provide interactive lessons, discussions, and brainstorming to help caregivers take the tools presented and place them in action. Attendees will receive a free book, “The Caregiver Helpbook,” developed specifically for the class that covers topics such as hiring in-home help, helping those with memory issues, making legal and financial decisions, and understanding depression.

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” provides the tools to help you reduce stress; communicate effectively with other family members, your doctor and paid help; take care of yourself; reduce guilt, anger and depression; help you relax; make tough decisions; and set goals and problem-solve.

AAA7 provides services on a non-discriminatory basis. These services are available to help older adults and those with disabilities live safely and independently in their own homes through services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal and state resources, as well as private pay. The AAA7’s Resource Center is also available to anyone in the community looking for information or assistance with long-term care options. Available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, the Resource Center is a valuable contact for learning more about options and what programs and services are available for assistance.

Call toll-free at 800-582-7277 (TTY: 711) to talk directly with a trained resource specialist who will assist with information surrounding the programs and services available. AAA7 also offers an in-home consultation at no cost. Information is also available at www.aaa7.org or by email at info@aaa7.org.