Powerful Tools for Caregivers

POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS

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 caregiving confidence, establish balance in their lives, communicate their needs, make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. The evidence-based curriculum was developed by  Dr. Kate Lorig and her colleagues at Stanford University. Learn more at their website. 

Classes are led by certified class leaders. Topics include:

  • Taking Care of You
  • Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress
  • Communicating Feelings, Needs and Concerns
  • Learning from Emotions
  • Communicating in Challenging Situations
  • Mastering Caregiving Decisions

Classes are free to the community, made possible through a generous grant from the St. David’s Foundation. Like all of CaregiverU’s courses, Savvy Caregiver is led by certified class leaders. For more information, please contact Faith Unger, Project Coordinator: (512) 451-4611 x 244 or funger@ageofcentraltx.org.

Current Class Schedule:

Location: East Austin

  • May 6 – June 10
  • Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Hope Lutheran Church, 6414 N. Hampton Drive, Austin  78723
  • Registrar: Sharon Teague, (512) 926-0708 or steague@hopelutheranaustin.org

Location: Northwest Austin

  • May 21 – June 25
  • Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Northwest Family YMCA, 5807 McNeil Drive Austin, TX 78729
  • Registrar: Collette Cosby, (512) 335-9622 or collette.cosby@austinymca.org

Location: Pflugerville

  • June 3-July 8
  • Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Road, Pflugerville
  • Registrar: Clay Leben, 512 251-0200 or cleben@gmail.com

Location: Southwest Austin

  • September 1 – October 6, 2015
  • Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • St. CAtherine’s CAtholic Church, 4800 Convict Hill Road,        Austin,  TX 78749
  • Registrar: Esther Quintanilla, 512 892 2433 esther.quintanilla@st.catherine-austin.org

Location: Georgetown

  • September 22 – October 27, 2015
  • Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
  • Christ Lutheran Church, 510 Luther Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628
  • Registrar: Jan Rodgers, (512) 863-2844 or janiskrodgers@yahoo.com

Location: Central Austin

  • September 25-October 30, 2015
  • Fridays from 11:30 to 1:00
  • Town Lake YMCA, 1100 W. Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX  78703
  • Registrar: Town Lake YMCA, (512) 542-9622

 

New classes are added regularly. Want to inquire about a class in your area? Contact Project Coordinator Faith Unger at funger@ageofcentraltx.org  or 512-451-4611 x244.

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4 responses to “Powerful Tools for Caregivers

  1. Melody Singleton

    I work in Austin and cannot make any of the meeting times listed since they are either being held during the day or right when I get off from work. Will there be in meetings that will be held just a little later in the evenings or on a Saturday? I’m willing to travel wherever if there is a class on the weekends.

    • Mel, I’d encourage you to contact Faith Unger at funger@ageofcentraltx.org or 512-600-9279. Currently we don’t have scheduled courses at those times, but Faith would have some insight as to whether upcoming courses might fit your needs. We’re always open to feedback as we plan future courses, so thanks for asking.

  2. Mary Ellen Jones

    I would like a meeting in Austin. The dates in December-March are good. Maybe next year

    • ageofcentraltx

      Mary Ellen, I’d encourage you to contact Faith Unger at funger@ageofcentraltx.org or 512-600-9279. Currently we don’t have scheduled courses that far in advance, but Faith would have some insight as to whether upcoming courses might fit your needs. We’re always open to feedback as we plan future courses, so thanks for asking.

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