Caregivers workshop starting in January

ESCANABA — Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six-week online workshop, designed for the non-professional, informal family caregiver, will be held on Wednesdays, January 18 through February 22 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. with an optional Zoom orientation on Wednesday, January 11 at 2 p.m.

Research studies find high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers and increased vulnerability to health problems. Caregivers frequently cite restriction of personal activities and social life as problems. In addition, caregivers often feel a lack of control over events and a sense of powerlessness which can have a significant negative impact on their physical and emotional health. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers online program will provide caregivers tools to help reduce stress and increase relaxation, make tough decisions, reduce guilt, anger and depression, communicate effectively, set goals and problem solve, and take better care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Caregivers will benefit from the class whether they are helping a parent, spouse, or friend living at home, in long-term care or across the country. The workshop focuses on self-care for the caregiver, not on specific diseases or hands-on caregiving.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is offered by Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) in partnership with Tri-County Office on Aging. There is no charge for this online workshop, but registration is required. Participants must also have a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet, microphone, webcam and email address to participate. Class size is limited. Registration ends on January 8 or until the class is full.

To register, visit www.upcap.org (click on Events) or call 2-1-1 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, for assistance.


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