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Presenting tools for caregivers

HAMBURG — The Erie County Department of Senior Services is currently offering “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” classes to provide caregivers with the tools they need to take care of themselves.

According to organizers, these weekly sessions, each lasting for 2 1/2 hours, teach caregivers how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings and locate resources, in addition to learning how to increase their ability to make decisions and balance their lives.

Erie County Senior Services Commissioner Randy Hoak said that he has seen the impact these classes have on caregivers. “These classes have proven to be a lifeline for families in Erie County,” Hoak said. “Caregivers need to make time for themselves. Powerful Tools will show them how to do that, and how to maximize the resources available to them and their loved one.”

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” classes will be offered at the following locations, dates & times:

– Every Monday at 6:30 p.m. until April 7 at the Trinity Old Lutheran Church, located at 3445 Sheridan Drive in Amherst.

– Every Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m., March 27 – April 30, at the Erie County Medical Center Campus Terrace View Long-Term Care Facility Chapel, located at 462 Grider St. in Buffalo. Parking will be free.

– Every Tuesday from 6 – 8:30 p.m., April 22 – May 27, at Elderwood at Hamburg, located at 76 Buffalo St. in Hamburg.

– Every Wednesday from 1 – 3:30 p.m., April 23 – May 28, in the Catholic Charities Garden Room at 128 Wilson St. in Buffalo.

Preregistration is required and additional classes are being scheduled. For more information or to register, call 858-2177 or email Registration for the course includes a copy of “The Caregiver Handbook.” Complete course cost is covered for all Blue Cross/Blue Shield of WNY and Independent Health members. For those who are uninsured, the complete course is covered by CHF Cultural Diversity grant funding.

This program is supported by a grant from The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York and cosponsored by the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions and the Erie County Caregiver Coalition.

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