Free classes offered for caregivers

County to offer series of 12 classes to support those caring for the elderly

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The county is offering a series of 12 classes on how to care for the elderly.

■ Riverside County Office on Aging

There is good news for family and friends who are caring for older adults with Alzheimer’s and other chronic conditions. A new series of the Riverside County Office on Aging’s “Care Pathways” programs is beginning this summer at key locations of the county including – Riverside, Moreno Valley, Menifee, Hemet, Perris and the Coachella Valley.
The program provides a series of weekly workshops designed to offer information and support to family caregivers who face challenges managing their caregiving responsibilities for a family member, usually 60 years of age or older.
A graduate from an earlier class has said, “This class has made a difficult situation bearable” and another said, “I am less stressed and depressed. Now I feel like I have a future.”
This series of 12 workshops will cover subjects such as, living with dementia, caregiver burnout, managing medications, talking to the doctor, understanding legal issues, stress prevention, communicating in challenging situations, and more.
The workshops are conducted in a supportive setting, with facilitators who understand the challenges that caregivers face, and who can provide powerful tools to assist caregivers to manage their tasks with confidence, increase their self-care, and thrive.
To register for the series of free workshops, call the Riverside County Office on Aging at (951) 867-3800 or (800) 510-2020. Home care can be arranged for the care recipient; request respite assistance at the time of registration.
The Riverside County Office on Aging received prevention and early intervention funding through Riverside University Health System Behavioral Health/Mental Health Service Act, for these caregiver classes operating throughout Riverside County. This program was recognized by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, as a nationally recognized “bright idea” for its innovative design and implementation.
For more information contact Mary Hrinko or Traci Cornelius at Riverside County Office on Aging by email at mhrinko@co.riverside.ca.us or tcornelius@co.riverside.ca.us

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