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Caregivers course starts next week

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A free six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers course will begin April 7 in Mid-East Community Action Agency’s Roane County office at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

The course will be taught from 2:30 to 5 p.m. for six consecutive Sundays through May 12.

Powerful Tools Class Leaders and Master Trainers Kate and Dale Allen, assisted by Mid-East Senior Services Director Amber Jacks, will teach the course.

Although there is no fee, class size is strictly limited, and pre-registration is required.

Contact Jacks at 354-0450, Ext.  228, or ajacks@mecaa.net  to register or obtain additional information.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide family caregivers with the tools needed to take care of themselves while caregiving.

The program’s goal is to help unpaid family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, balance their lives, and increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Participants will receive a book, “The Caregiver Helpbook,” developed specifically for the class.

The program is now in its second decade. More than 1,900 certified trainers in 32 states have delivered the training to more than 70,000 caregivers.

This course is only for active family caregivers, rather than professionals.

Information about Powerful Tools for Caregivers in the East Tennessee area may be found at www.familycaregiver.net.