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Visiting Nurses Association offers program for caregivers

January 26, 2011

From press release

Caring for an older adult with stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease or other long-term conditions can be very stressful. Research shows that caregivers are at high risk for depression and stress-related illnesses. To help minimize these risks, a program–“Powerful Tools for Caregivers”–is being offered by Visiting Nurses Association of Rockford to give caregivers the skills they need to take care of themselves and to feel more confident in the care they provide.

Dates for the six-week class are:

Wed., March 23 through April 27–3 to 5 p.m. at Bright Side Adult Day Care, 1055 E. State St., first floor.

Participants develop their own personalized action plans as they cover a variety of topics, including tools to: help reduce stress, communicate effectively with family members, doctors and paid staff; take care of yourself; reduce guilt, anger and depression; help you relax; make tough decisions; and set goals and problem-solve.

Teachers are Nancy Lindgren, R.N., and Dina Hanstad, B.S., both care coordinating with Visiting Nurses Association Older Adult Care.

To register for the class, call Visiting Nurses Association, (815) 971-4203.

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