Powerful Tools for Caregivers course to be offered at Chapter 126

Bill Vacek and Todd Johnston, Powerful Tools for Caregivers class leaders.

Bill Vacek and Todd Johnston, Powerful Tools for Caregivers class leaders.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. Caregivers will benefit from this class whether they are helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.

Classes will be held at Chapter 126 Sports and Fitness Center, 47 Upson St., Bristol, CT. from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. from Jan. 7 to Feb. 11.

Registration is required.

The course consists of six weekly two-and-a-half hour sessions. Since the program’s inception in 1998, PTC materials have reached over 70,000 caregivers nationwide.

Over the six weeks, caregivers develop self-care strategies to help them reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate their feelings, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help participants identify the tools needed for successful caregiving and put them into action in daily life.

This educational program is coordinated by the Connecticut Chapter of National Spinal Cord Injury Association. Participants receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. The cost of the Caregiver Helpbook is covered by a Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Quality of Life grant.

To register or for more information, please contact Todd Johnston at (860) 558-7384.