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Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) is an independent non-profit organization providing training, technical assistance, and materials to help promote PTC to family caregivers.  PTC is based on the highly successful Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Dr. Kate Lorig and her colleagues at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center. The PTC program and all materials were developed over 3 years of pilot testing, refinement, and evaluative research at Legacy Caregiver Services in Portland, Oregon.
Research studies find high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers and increased vulnerability to health problems.  Caregivers frequently cite restriction of personal activities and social life as problems.  They often feel they have no control over events, and that feeling of powerlessness has a significant negative impact on caregivers' physical and emotional health.
Data from class participant evaluations indicates the PTC program improves:

  • Self-Care Behaviors: (increased exercise, use of relaxation techniques and medical check ups.)
  • Management of Emotions: (reduced guilt, anger, and depression.)
  • Self-efficacy (increased confidence in coping with caregiving demands.)
  • Use of Community Resources: (increased utilization of community services.)

Topics covered include:

  • Class #1-- Taking care of you
  • Class #2-- Identifying and reducing personal stress  
  • Class #3 --Communicating Feeling, Needs, and Concerns 
  • Class #4--Communicating in Challenging Situations   
  • Class #5—Learning From Our Emotions 
  • Class #6-- Mastering Caregiving Decisions

Workshops meet:

  • Once a week (same day)
  • Either for 90 minutes, or 2 ½ hours
  • 6 consecutive weeks

For more information, visit: http://www.powerfultoolsforcaregivers.org/
To find a workshop near you, click on your region on the map below or select your county:

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Site last reviewed: March 25, 2013

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