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Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging

March 19, 2009
Reinbeck Courier

Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging and the Iowa State Extension Team up to Offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers Educational Series.

Do you help take care of an older family member or friend? If so, you are not alone. Over 50 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or on an intermittent basis.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself. If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one. As a participant you will learn how to: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings, balance your life, increase ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

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Iowa State University Extension and Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging are sponsoring Powerful Tools for Caregivers in Cedar Falls this April. This program has been tested and evaluated through a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging. Local supporters include: Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging, Bremer County Extension, and the Cedar Falls Senior Center.

Classes consist of six, 2 -1/2 hour sessions held once a week. Two experienced leaders conduct each class. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming help you take the "tools" you choose and put them into action for your life.

Sessions are scheduled every Wednesday for six weeks and begin on April 15 and run through May 20. Classes will be held at the Cedar Falls Senior Center from 9 to 11:30 a.m. There is no cost for these sessions, but contributions are accepted. For more information or to register, contact Lou Stockdale at 319-272-2498 or Donna Andrusyk at 319-882-4275.

HVAAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving elders in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Grundy, Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama counties. HVAAA coordinates services for people ages 60 and older and their caregivers to maintain the independence they desire. Some of the services provided by HVAAA include home delivered meals, caregiver support and respite services, case management services, congregate meals, public information and education, Senior Helpline, and advocacy.

 
 

 

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