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Column: Caregivers can register for 'tools' program

10:50 AM, Oct. 4, 2013  |  Comments
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Sara was a wonderful wife. She married Sam nearly 50 years ago. During their many wonderful years together, they both gave more than they received. At some point it was decided that both Sam and Sara wanted to live in their home until they died and each would care for the other. Life was grand, they were aging gracefully and then something changed ?

Sam became more distant. He was not as interested in going out any more. He occasionally got angry. His circle of friends started to diminish, and he gave up many hobbies that in the past gave him such pleasure. Sam would struggle with little tasks, and he would find himself forgetting important events and duties. He would ask the same questions over and over again.

At the same time, Sara was changing. She found herself covering for Sam more and more. She did not feel she could leave him alone and started to give up her favorite things. She stopped going out with friends and felt like a prisoner in her own home. She was sleeping less and tired most of the time. Her own health was slowly deteriorating as she cared for Sam. Her desire to be a "perfect wife" was taking its toll on her. Both Sara and Sam knew it was becoming more difficult, but they remembered their pledge to each other.

This situation is all too common, occurring in one of every four households across our county. We can applaud Sara's commitment as a full time caregiver, but she needs to be watchful not to get so caught up in her caring for Sam that she allows her own health to suffer. She needs to adjust her lifestyle in such a way that she can care for Sam and still care for herself. We can help.

The Aging & Disability Resource of Central Wisconsin will offer a six-week educational program called Powerful Tools for Caregivers. This program is designed to provide you with the tools you need to take care of yourself. Participants will learn to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate feelings, balance life, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

We hope you'll join us for the next session, from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 30 to Dec. 4, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 205 E. Third St., Marshfield. It is free for people 60 and older or $10 for those younger than 60.

Registration is required. Please call the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin, 888-486-9545, to sign up. Respite care can be arranged upon request when registering.

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