With funds provided by a grant from The Chosen Valley Community Foundation, Help Our Neighbors (HON) is planning to offer a Powerful Tools for Caregivers class, a six-week course beginning Tuesday, May 14, and continuing May 21, 28 and June 4, 11 and 18. This class will be held at The Gathering Place, Chatfield United Methodist Church, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Due to the grant received, this course is offered free of charge to a maximum of 15 caregivers.

Help Our Neighbors wishes to assist seniors in the Chatfield community remain in their homes for as long as possible. This program will help HON strengthen Chatfield's caregiver support network.

Carrie Enright, a licensed social worker, senior and caregiver advocate with Semcac for Fillmore and Houston counties, will present the classes.

This workshop will give caregivers tools to care for themselves while caring for a loved one (relative or friend). Through this course, caregivers will learn to take care of themselves whether helping a parent, spouse, friend, someone who lives at home, in a nursing home or across the country.

Research illustrates high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers and increased vulnerability to health problems. With information received, caregivers will develop self-care tools to reduce stress, negative self-talk, communicate more effectively, recognize messages in emotions and make tough caregiving decisions.

Each participant will receive a workbook to use during the class and take home afterwards. There is no need for participants to bring anything. There will be refreshments served during the break.

Interested persons will need to register with Sue Awes, HON director, at (507) 251-0520 or Bev Simpson at (507) 867-0064 by Friday, May 10. By request to HON, companion care may be made available for the care receiver and transportation for the caregiver.