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Friday, September 22, 2023

Are You a Caregiver for Someone You Love?

Being a caregiver can take a lot of energy, time, and patience. It can be rewarding and it can be difficult.  You may have feelings of guilt, frustration, or hopelessness.  Sometimes, you may even feel isolated, especially during these difficult times of sheltering in place.  OHAI offers a class called POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS. This class is designed to help caregivers take better care of themselves while caring for a friend or relative.

Remember, you are not alone.  Many other caregivers share your same feelings and struggles.  There will be videos with stories from caregivers.  Some that care for a spouse, a parent, or a child with special needs. There are brainstorming activities that will help you find solutions and bring awareness to all challenges that you may have experienced.

You will learn so many tools to use as you approach each new day, like self-care behaviors, emotional management, self-confidence, communication techniques, having a family meeting, how to reduce stress, setting goals, and how to find community resources available for you.  You will receive a Caregiver Helpbook to go along with the class.  This book has lots of additional resources for you.

We know that when you are caring for a loved one, it is difficult to get out and attend a class.  OHAI is offering our caregiver classes on a Zoom platform.  You don’t have to leave your home to attend.  Someone will help you log on to Zoom if this is new to you.  We hope you find a class that fits your needs and your schedule. Classes are FREE and available to all caregivers in any state. You do not have to live in Oklahoma to participate. These are the current Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes that OHAI is offering: 

Wednesdays January 27-March 3, 2021 9:30am–11:00am

Wednesdays March 17-April 21, 2021 9:30am-11:00am

Wednesdays May 5-June 9, 2021 9:30am-11:00am

To register for any of these classes, call 1-918-660-3170 or email devon-murray@ouhsc.edu

Devon Murrayhttp://www.ohai.org
Devon Murray is the Education Director with the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative (OHAI). OHAI is a sponsored program of the Section of Geriatric Medicine within the College of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. OHAI office in Enid provide community education to older adults, caregivers and healthcare providers across 16 counties in Northwestern Oklahoma.



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