LIBERTY — Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a free educational series designed to provide informal family caregivers with the tools needed to take care of themselves. Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Caregiver Resource Center is offering this free six session program on Mondays, beginning Aug.20, from 2-4 p.m. at the Town of Mamakating Public Library, 128 Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro. Refreshments will be provided.
Two experienced class leaders, Bonnie Lewis, RN, Dependent Care Educator at CCESC and Lily Stettner, Clinical Social Worker will conduct the series. The six dates are Aug. 20 and 27, followed by Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1. Participants are highly encouraged to attend the entire series; the content of each workshop leads into the next.
Caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools that: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, enhance communication during challenging situations, manage their emotions, and help make tough decisions.
“Interactive lessons, community resources, group discussions, and class brainstorming help the caregiver transfer these new ‘tools’ into action within the home care setting,” said Lewis.
Caregivers will be encouraged to borrow The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class through the Ramapo Catskill Library System. These classes are free, supported by the NY State Caregiver Resource Program.
Space is limited for this free program and registration is required in advance. Registration can be completed by calling CCESC at 292-6180, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting sullivancce.org. Additional donations for CCESC programs are appreciated.
The Caregiver Resource Center is a co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and Office for the Aging of Sullivan County and is supported by a grant from the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program.