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Classes teach coping skills to caregivers

September 22, 2011
Lahaina News
Caring for a loved one at home — or even a long plane ride away — can take an emotional toll.

Caregiver stress is real, and it can cause emotional and physical strain.

Ordinary folks put in the position of caring for an ill spouse, disabled child or aging relative often face frustration in their situation and guilt over the level of help they can provide — on top of all their other responsibilities.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Many caregivers fall into the trap of believing that they have to do everything by themselves. Don’t make that mistake. Take advantage of the many resources and tools available.

“Remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for anyone else.”

Maui residents can learn about these resources at upcoming “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” classes.

The program is designed to help caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives and increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Classes consist of six sessions held once a week. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help attendees put solutions into action.

Free classes are scheduled in Kahului on Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. from Oct. 10 to Nov. 14 at Roselani Place; Lahaina on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. from Oct. 11 to Nov. 15 at the West Maui Senior Center; and Upcountry on Wednesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 12 to Nov. 16 at a location to be determined.

For additional information, or to register, contact the University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension office at 244-3242, extension 226.

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