CaregiverU is a collaboration of more than 20 Central Texas non-profit agencies and community organizations, joining together to bring support and resources to families that are caring for an older loved one.
Classes are offered at no cost to participants. The courses are offered multiple times throughout the year at various locations in Travis, Williamson, Hays, and Bastrop counties. Class days and times vary depending on which agency is hosting the course. Class schedules and more information is available at www.CaregiverUcentx.org.
Currently, CaregiverU has three course offerings:
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
This series of six classes is designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. The tools learned from Powerful Tools for Caregivers benefit caregivers by developing a wealth of self-care strategies to better handle the unique challenges faced by family caregivers.
The evidence-based curriculum of Powerful Tools for Caregivers was developed by Dr. Kate Lorig and her colleagues at Stanford University and has benefited more than 80,000 caregivers nation-wide.
Participants will learn to:
- Identify and reduce personal stress
- Communicate feelings, needs, and concerns
- Take care of you
- Learn from emotions
- Communicate more effectively during challenging situations
- Master caregiving decisions
A Matter of Balance
According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of three older adults experiences a fall each year. And falls are the leading cause of both nonfatal and fatal injuries in older adults. The good news is that falls are not a normal or inevitable part of aging – there are simple steps you can take today to reduce your risk.
A Matter of Balance is a fun and dynamic course that emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls and maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Classes are led by certified class leaders, offering practical strategies that will work for you.
Participants will learn to:
- Set goals for increasing activity
- Make changes to reduce fall risks
- Excercise for strength and balance
- View falls as controllable
Caring for a person with dementia is a role like no other, and that role requires training. Savvy Caregiver classes are led by a pair of trained facilitators to provide proven professional-level training for non-professional, family caregivers.
The small group discussion classes address the progressive impact of the illness and the skills needed to manage daily caregiver responsibilities with your loved one. The six class sessions will help develop good care management tools through group discussions, skill building, problem solving, assertiveness training, and brainstorming.
Participants will learn how to:
- Understand dementia and its effect on behavior
- Develop strategies to build contented involvement in the care recipient
- Develop effective strategies for caregiving and decision making
- Adopt a more strategic outlook on caregiving and work
CaregiverU was initiated by AGE of Central Texas, who serves as the host organization that facilitates the collaboration. For more information, contact Faith Unger, CaregiverU Program Director, at (512) 600-9279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CaregiverU is brought to the community by generous funding by the St. David's Foundation. St. David's Foundation invests in a healthy community through funding, hard work, and initiatives to better care for the underserved and uninsured. Learn more about the St. David's Foundation at www.stdavidsfoundation.org.
CaregiverU is also supported in the Georgetown area by generous funding from the Georgetown Health Foundation. The Foundation works collaboratively with its community to improve the health of Georgetown residents through partnerships, experience, knowledge, and funding. Learn more about the Georgetown Health Foundation at www.gthf.org.