Press release

The Aging & Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore along with the University of Wisconsin Extension office of Kewaunee County will be offering a “Powerful Tools for Caregiving of Children with Special Needs” series beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 5, and concluding on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

The classes will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1012 Wisconsin Ave., Kewaunee. This is a six-week series that will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. each week. Attendance at all six sessions is highly encouraged, as each class builds upon previous skills acquired.

A $10 suggested donation is requested at the first class, to help defray the cost of the textbook provided.

This class is for caregivers of any age, caring for a child of any age with special needs (including but not limited to physical, emotional, behavioral or mental health). The class is open to caregivers in Kewaunee and Manitowoc counties.

Focus is on the caregiver and self-care. You will learn techniques to reduce personal stress, communicate effectively with family, friends, and medical professionals; reduce guilt, anger, fear, depression and tension. You will practice relaxation techniques, and build confidence in handling difficult caregiving situations, emotions and decisions. Though this class is educational in nature, support also comes from other caregivers who experience the same feelings and day to day struggles. Ample time for sharing helps caregivers realize that others are also walking in their shoes. Support from each other is a critical component of this curriculum.

Caregiving can be both challenging and rewarding, however, it is very important that caregivers pay attention to the physical, emotional, and financial problems that this role may cause and continue to take care of themselves. Families usually believe that no one can care for their loved one as well as they can even though they are struggling to do it all. It is important for the caregiver to maintain outside interests and activities, and continue to see their friends. Often caregivers are reluctant to seek help until there is a crisis. This class can help you manage the challenges of caregiving and avoid that crisis.

For more information or to register: Call Lisa Van Remortel at the Aging & Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore at 1-877-416-7083. Class size is limited. Registration will close the first day of class.

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