Juniper Classes

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (Adults)

Gain skills and techniques for caring for yourself while you care for others. This class is for family and friends caregivers for people with long-term health conditions.

An older person in a wheelchair with her care partner

About the class

This six-week class meets once a week for two hours. This class helps family and friends caring for older adults with long-term health conditions develop the skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for others. You will: 

  • Improve self-care behaviors, including exercise, relaxation and medical check-ups 
  • Improve emotional management including reducing guilt, anger and depression 
  • Increase self-confidence in coping with caregiver demands 
  • Increase the use of local community resources 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers® is an evidence-based program that is owned and managed by Iowa State University of Science and Technology. This program is supported by the Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging.  

“After taking this class I am a more confident caregiver! Having tools to resolve problems is a definite advantage in becoming a better caregiver and a happier, wiser, healthier me...and a healthier ‘us’!”

— Powerful Tools for Caregivers (Adults) class participant

Benefits of the class

  • Increase your skills and confidence as a caregiver  
  • Learn to take better care of yourself 
  • Meet new friends 
  • Provide support and encouragement to your peers 
  • Become more involved in your community and with your neighbors 

Who should take the class

This class is for anyone who is a caregiver for older adults with long-term health conditions. It is particularly suited for people who would like to: 

  • Develop skills and confidence to better care for yourself while caring for others 
  • Engage in learning weekly topics ranging from reducing your stress to communicating in challenges situations and mastering caregiving decisions  

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