By 2010 the number of American households who will be involved in caregiving is projected to reach 80 to 100 million.
Family caregivers are taking over many functions and responsibilities previously provided by hospitals and nurses, and caring for another person takes a lot of time, energy and work.
Caregivers often juggle full or part-time employment, parenting and household management in addition to the demands of caregiving, and unprepared caregivers can find themselves anxious and frustrated because they do not have the knowledge or the skills needed to provide this care.
This can take a tremendous toll on the physical and emotional health of caregivers. Research shows that caregivers are more prone to health problems like diabetes and heart disease than non-caregivers and are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.
Senior Health Partners offers free classes as part of the National Family Caregiver Support Program. These classes are for caregivers, friends and family to be educated and supported in various issues of caregiving, including improving caregiving skills, using community services and taking better care of yourself.
Creating Confident Caregivers is a special six part series for families caring for someone with memory loss. The program provides participants with information, skills and attitudes to help them effectively manage stress and increase their caregiving skills.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week series designed to provide family caregivers with the tools to make tough caregiving decisions, communicate effectively with others, deal with difficult emotions and learn to use community services.
Senior Health Partners also offeres several Caregiver Support Groups, including a general caregivers support and a Parkinson's Disease Caregiver specific group.
For more information and dates and times, please see the links on the right side of the page.