Six Week Course for Caregivers Starts in January

Six Week Course for Caregivers Starts in January

Troy, Madison Heights and West Bloomfield, MI (December 13, 2016) – The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is offering a new class in 2017. The Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) class is specifically designed to help family caregivers take better care of themselves as they care for others. Family caregivers are those taking care of aging or chronically ill loved ones.

“On average, caregivers spend about 13 days a month caring for a loved one, and their own health and well-being is often put on the back burner. The PTC classes were developed to help caregivers deal with the issues they live with every day,” said Kristin Wilson, Program Manager, Nutrition & Wellness Services for AAA 1-B. “It’s typical for caregivers to think of themselves last. This class will help them deal with the overwhelming emotions and the work of caring for another person. It gives them the tools they need to ensure their own health and well-being.”

The class will help caregivers:

Relax and reduce stress

Take better care of themselves

Reduce guilt, anger and depression

Communicate effectively with family members, doctors and in-home help

Make tough decisions

Set goals and problem solve

Be aware of community resources

Registration for Powerful Tools for Caregivers in the following communities is taking place now:

Madison Heights Senior Center    

January 13 – February 17 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Troy Community Center         

January 23 – February 27 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


West Bloomfield Parks & Recreation       

March 3 – April 7       1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The workshops will be held once a week for six weeks and each class lasts about 90 minutes. Class size is limited to 12 participants. A donation of $15 is appreciated for the entire class. To register for this class, please call 800-852-7795 and press “1” for Trainings.

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About the Area Agency on Aging 1-B
The Area Agency on Aging 1-B is a nonprofit agency responsible for services to more than 640,000 persons aged 60 and older residing in Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties. Through the provision of home care and community-based services, older adults and persons with disabilities are given options that can help maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.

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