The Aging and Disability Resource Center, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging, is offering a six-week workshop called Powerful Tools for Caregivers starting in April this year. The workshop, led by Baraboo ADRC director Susan Blodgett and resource center staffer Jim Pritzkow, aims to help family caregivers reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with being a caregiver for a loved one.
The program was first offered in Baraboo last summer and brought together nine women who went on to create a support group for caregivers to discuss the particular struggles and difficulties specific to caregiving. While many resources are available online offering tips on caring for ourselves as caregivers, this in-person experience offers the opportunity to meet other caregivers face-to-face, opening up the possibility of a local support network and friendships.
Too many caregivers feel isolated or overworked by their duties, which can cause serious health issues to arise. According to statistics gathered by the AARP and the Pew Research Center, family caregivers already experience poor health and a high level of stress, with 42% of caregivers reporting they need help managing their own stress. Fortunately, caregivers are reaching out to others at a higher rate than their non-caregiving peers, with 70% saying they’ve turned to family or friends for help and only 54% of non-caregivers saying the same.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers will be offered April 19 through May 24. A $10 donation is suggested.
Sauk County Health Care Center; Reedsburg: Thursdays 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Sauk Prairie Community Center; Sauk City: Thursdays 1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
To register, call Marina Wittmann at 608-355-3289.