Powerful Tools for Caregivers Class to Begin Soon

Class offers support and advice on self-care to relieve the stress of caregiving

Caring for an older relative or friend with a chronic illness such as dementia, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or stroke can be stressful physically, emotionally and financially. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an education program designed to provide attendees with the tools needed to take care of themselves.

During the six-week class, attendees will learn to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Better communicate their feelings
  • Increase their ability to make tough decisions
  • Locate helpful resources
  • Balance their life

The course consists of six consecutive weekly sessions. Participants will receive a copy of “The Caregiver Help Book.” Refreshments will be provided. The class is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to defray the cost of the course.

The next class will be held on Thursdays from August 3 – September 7, 4-6 p.m., at Centenary United Methodist Church, 646 W. Fifth Street, Winston-Salem. A second class will be held on Thursdays from
October 5 – November 9, 6-8 p.m. at Trinity Elms, 7449 Fair Oaks Drive, Clemmons. To register for either session, call Linda Lewis at The Shepherd Center, 336-748-0217. Registration is required due to space limitations.

The class is presented in collaboration with the SECU Family House, The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem, Hospice & Palliative Care Center, Senior Services, Daybreak Centenary Group Respite Care, and Family Caregiver Support Program.

As past participants commented, “This class has made a significant turn in my caretaking capabilities and attitude.” “This class is the best gift you can give yourself and your care receiver.”


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