Redwood Area Hospital offers spring classes aimed at providing seniors and caregivers the tools they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives as challenges and care giving roles expand.
“Every person and every illness progresses differently, so it’s important a variety of classes, care options and tools to enable success and a healthy living environment for everyone involved in the aging person’s care,” says Lynn Buckley, Redwood Area Hospital Caring Connection coordinator.
The Healthy Aging education series is a four-part educational program designed for families of someone with memory loss, with the goal of enhancing skills and reducing stress. Session topics include an introduction to dementia and care giving, managing confusion and taking charge, activities and loss of abilities, and providing structure and support.
All classes will be held the third Tuesday of the month, March 20 – June 19 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Redwood Area Hospital education room. In order to provide adequate seating, pre-registration is encouraged but not required.
Care giving is rewarding, but can also be stressful – physically, emotionally, and financially. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class designed to provide the family caregiver with the skills needed to take care of themselves. The course will also provide tools to help family members become more comfortable with their role as a caregiver.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a series of six 90-minute classes, held once a week. Spring 2012 classes will be held on Thursdays, April 5 through May 10, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Fireside Room, in Redwood Falls. Respite care will be provided by the hospital’s Caring Connection adult day program or Redwood County Volunteer Program. Registration for respite care is required.
To register, contact Lynn Buckley, Redwood Area Hospital Caring Connections Coordinator, at 507-637-4508. Follow the hyperlinks to learn more about “Understanding Alzheimer’s” and “Maintaining Mental Wellness.”