No matter what stage of your life you are in or what life experiences you have had, there are programs and resources available from Iowa State University Extension that can help you plan for the good times and cope with the difficult. For a listing of programs and resources, go to the following website: www.extension.iastate.edu/homefamily/relationships. Home and family topics included on this web page include: aging; children; clothing and textiles; families and communities; family relationships; housing; parenting; food, nutrition and health; and finances. Here are a few examples of programs and resources you will find there:
Caregiving Relationships: Conversations on Aging is designed to help family members recognize how care giving affects relationships among family members. It also builds talking and listening skills for addressing changing needs in later life. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. The tools learned in the six week series benefit caregivers by helping them reduce stress, improve care giving confidence, establish balance in their lives, communicate their needs, make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.
The popular Iowa Family Child Care Handbook, has been updated and has a new name the Heartland Family Child Care Handbook - PM1541. The handbook is now available in both English and Spanish and is accompanied by a Heartland Family Child Care Handbook CD with printable resources for providers and parents. Science of Parenting offers podcasts, publications and newsletters that provide helpful and timely information for parents of all ages.
Understanding the LOSS in Job Loss, You and Your Family-Staying Strong and Marriage-Keeping it Strong are three publications that provide strategies and tips for dealing with job loss and keeping your family and marriage strong during tough times. The Managing Money in Tough Times page is designed to help families tackle tough times today and tomorrow. Whether facing unemployment, accumulating debt, or another difficult financial decision, many resources are available. Stress: Taking Time is a series focused on managing and coping with stress across the life-span - in young families, with teens, in mid and later life and during unemployment.
The Food, Nutrition and Health page provides information on food preparation, preservation and safety. It also offers healthy nutritional information and helps to promote wellness and exercise. You can also learn what your community can do to promote healthy food options and physical activity.
Families and community programs from Iowa State University Extension address a variety of policy issues that affect families and support community efforts to collaboratively design service delivery systems and policies that improve outcomes for families. The statewide goals for Iowa's Children, Youth, and Families at Risks (CYFAR) projects are to improve the ability of families who are at risk to raise children who are healthy, contributing citizens and to improve the well-being of children, youth, and families and to build community capacity to support these families.
For more information, contact the Grundy office of ISU Extension at 319-824-6979. Have a great holiday season!