Powerful Tools for Caregivers Classes, a six-week educational program designed to provide caregivers the tools needed to take care of themselves, will be offered in three locations starting in July. Through six 2½ hour sessions held each week, caregivers learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, and locate helpful resources. They also will learn how to increase their ability to make tough decisions and balance their lives. Preregistration is required by calling 858-2177 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; there is a $25 cost for the course, which includes a copy of “The Caregiver Helpbook,” though the cost is covered for all Blue Cross/Blue Shield of WNY and Independent Health members and for the uninsured in the Buffalo classes through a CHF Cultural Diversity Grant.
Here is the following class schedule:
Hamburg: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, July 8 to Aug. 12, St. Mary of the Lake School, 4737 Lakeshore Road.
Buffalo: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 10 to Oct. 15, Catholic Charities Garden Room, 128 Wilson St. (free respite for the memory impaired offered at this site)
Buffalo: 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9 to Nov. 13, Terrace View Long Term Care Facility chapel, Erie County Medical Center campus, 462 Grider St.,
The classes are supported by a grant from the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York and co-sponsored by the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions and the Erie County Caregiver Coalition.