Free workshop: ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’


The Active Aging Programs of Catholic Charities of Southern Minnesota is now offering a “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” workshop series. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is a free, six-week wellness program for those who provide care for a loved one. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is an interactive, group workshop providing tools to help caregivers develop self-care strategies to better manage the unique challenges they face.   

Caregivers are defined as those who care for a loved one. Some caregiver responsibilities may include periodically checking on a friend or neighbor, picking up the mail and groceries for a neighbor or loved one, overseeing parents’ health, financial and business matters and caring for a spouse with an ongoing chronic condition. Caregiving responsibilities are broad, but those routinely helping or caring for someone near or far-away, are considered caregivers.

During the six-session series, participants receive support from trained leaders and other caregivers, who are participating in the workshop. Tools will be provided to learn practical skills proven to reduce stress, communicate more effectively, improve self-care, make effective decisions and access community resources for caregivers. Participants also benefit from meeting other people with similar challenges and learning how to cope together.

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” will be provided via Zoom videoconference. Participants must have access to the internet and have a personal computer, laptop or tablet device with a camera, microphone and speakers. Detailed instructions to help participants access the Zoom videoconference will be available, as well as one-to-one phone calls to work through specific technical challenges. Weekly classes will be 90-minutes long and are intended for caregivers of adults with chronic conditions. Registration is now being accepted for a “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” workshop to begin on Wednesday March 24, 2021 from 10:30 - 12:00 a.m. Classes will be held for 6 consecutive Wednesdays through April 28, and participants should attend each weekly session. Space is limited. Register today to reserve your space by calling Sue Degallier, 507-450-0287 or email at


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