P.A. Peterson offers ‘Tools For Caregivers’

When a loved one ails, family members move in—to care, and hope their loved one gets better. If that doesn’t happen, caring can become more and more intense until family members also become ill. It’s not unusual for caring family members to develop stress-related health problems and be unable to offer the care their loved one needs. However, the more the caregiver thrives, the better off the care receiver will be.

Every family member who provides care for a loved one can benefit from “Powerful Tools For Caregivers,” an educational program offered at P.A. Peterson Center for Health, a program of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI). Dr. Kate Lorig and her colleagues at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center have identified tools family caregivers need to survive—and thrive—while they are caring intensively for their ailing loved one(s).

The Rev. Dr. Charles Olson, chaplain at P.A. Peterson, and Barnabas Minister Richard Reeves are accredited instructors teaching these tools beginning Sunday, Sept. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. The class will continue for six consecutive Sundays at P.A. Peterson Center for Health, 1311 Parkview Ave., Rockford. The free class is limited to 15 participants; a free will offering will be taken at each class. Family members of ailing loved ones residing at home or in a nursing home, career caregivers, or volunteer caregivers are all welcomed to register for this class. Free caregiving services will be provided for class participants.

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