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Specialized Classes Provide Support to Family Caregivers in Southern Minnesota

Right now, a growing number of Minnesotans are providing physical and emotional support to their parents and loved ones who live with challenges from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other chronic illnesses. 

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) helps family caregivers who are juggling the demands of doctor appointments, medication management, and daily care find the restorative support they need to maintain a balanced life while managing their loved one’s wellbeing. Now, LSS has teamed up with the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging to offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six-week class being held at Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center located at 601 West Chandler St. in Arlington. Classes will begin on Thursday, April 13 at 2:00 pm.  The 90-minute educational sessions will help caregivers manage stress and reduce worry.

Caring for a friend or loved one living with extensive medical needs can be extremely physically, emotionally, and financially stressful for caregivers. “Whether caregivers are providing support in-home or from a distance, these classes will teach important skills and valuable tools,” said Barb Alsleben assistant director for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.  “Even the most experienced caregivers need to take better care of their own needs to avoid caregiver burnout and make sure they are able to provide the best care possible for their loved ones.”

The specialized educational program, free of charge and open to anyone looking for additional support, includes tips and tricks to improve self-confidence and communication skills, balance the demands of making decisions about another person’s life with each caregiver’s own personal needs and find community resources for effective caregiving.

Interested in attending these community classes? Please contact Barb Alsleben at 320.221.3747 orSarah Doering at 320.221.4513 to pre-register. For more information about the array of services LSS offers to caregivers, please visit or call 1.800.488.4146.

About Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota:
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota. Today, with 2,300 employees and 8,000 volunteers, Lutheran Social Service helps one in 65 Minnesotans through services that inspire hope, change lives and build community. Statewide, the organization seeks to foster safe and supportive homes for children, restore health and wellness in families, empower people with disabilities to live the lives they imagine, and promote health, independence and quality of life for older adults. For comprehensive information about the work of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, visit

About Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging:
As the designated area agency on aging for 27 counties in southwest Minnesota, the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, or MNRAAA, is a catalyst in building communities where seniors live with dignity, mutual respect and shared responsibilities across generations and cultures. Visit for more information.