The Alzheimer’s Association and Washington State Chapter and Aging and Long Term are of Southeast Washington are bringing a six-week educational program for family caregivers to Ellensburg, according to a news release.

The workshops, called Powerful Tools for Caregivers, will be held 1 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 25 through Oct. 30, according to a news release from program organizers.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshops are designed to help family caregivers learn strategies to reduce stress, communicate well and navigate family dynamics while making tough decisions. The workshop will help caregivers build confidence in their decisions as they learn effective problem-solving skills and connect with helpful resources.

The program is free and open to all unpaid family caregivers, not just those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

“The workshop was originally designed for Alzheimer’s caregivers, but they quickly discovered that the workshop could benefit all family caregivers,” says Lisa Barrett, a care navigator for the Alzheimer’s Association. “The series is designed specifically for families who have a loved one at home, in a facility or even for those who are providing care long distance.”

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an award-winning program that has helped thousands of family caregivers find balance when caring for a loved one.

“This enhances not only their quality of life, but in turn, the quality of life for their loved one as well,” Barrett said.

Registration for this workshop series is mandatory as class size is limited. For more information or to register, contact the Aging and Long Term Care of Southeast Washington at 509-735-0315 or 866-720-2582.

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