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Six-week class for caregivers offered

Monadnock ServiceLink is registering participants for Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a free, six-week course designed to help family caregivers: 1) reduce personal stress; 2) effectively communicate their own needs so that they can remain healthy; and 3) better communicate needs of their loved ones to health care providers.

An estimated 21 percent of Americans are informal caregivers. One-third of these caregivers report symptoms of depression and anywhere from 11 percent to 17 percent report their health has deteriorated due to their caregiving responsibilities.

Beverly Lee-Packard, N.H. Master Trainer, has been co-leading Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes in the Monadnock region for five years. “You can see the difference in a caregiver’s body language from the first to the last session,” she said. “On the first day, they come in looking like they’re carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders, but by the last class, they are standing tall and looking more confident.” She also noted that after taking the class, caregivers make much more effective use of the community resources that are available to them.

The series will be held in Peterborough, May 9 to June 13 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will take place at the River Center on 46 Concord St., Peterborough. Caregivers who need help with either transportation to the class or someone to care for their loved one should speak to the ServiceLink staff about available options when they sign up for the class.

Contact Monadnock ServiceLink at 357-1922 to register for the class.

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