Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an education program to help family and friends caring for older adults with long-term health conditions (e.g., stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and others) or for Grandparents raising their grandchildren. Powerful Tools helps caregivers develop skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for others. The weekly topics range from reducing stress to communicating in challenging situation and mastering care giving decisions. Many caregivers have found this class beneficial, including those caring for a spouse or partner, or adult children caring for parents. The older adult, the participant is caring for, can be living with them, in a nearby community or across the country. Powerful Tools for Caregivers class participants report they are:
- Better at caring for themselves
- Have fewer feelings of anger, guilt and depression
- More likely to use community services.
It is a six-week series led by trained facilitators using a standardized curriculum. Classes are held for 2 hours once a week for 6 weeks