Powerful Tools for Caregivers®
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).
Powerful Tools helps caregivers develop skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for others. It is a six-week series led by trained facilitators using a standardized curriculum. The weekly topics range from reducing your stress to communicating in challenging situation and mastering caregiving 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 you are caring for can be living with you, in a nearby community or across the country.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers® class participants report the following:
- Are better at caring for themselves,
- Have fewer feelings of anger, guilt and depression,
- Have increased confidence and ability to cope with the demands of caregiving, and
- Are more likely to use community services.
Classes are held for 2 ½ hours or 90 minutes once a week for 6 weeks.
Most sites charge a fee to cover the cost of classes and manual. The amount varies by site. Scholarships may be available upon request.
To learn more:
Contact the Minnesota Board on Aging at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about becoming a class leader.