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Specialized Classes Provide Support to Family Caregivers in New Ulm




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

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) helps family caregivers juggling the demands of doctor appointments, medication management, and personal cares find the restorative support they need to maintain a balanced life while managing their loved one’s wellbeing. Now, LSS is teamed up with the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging to offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a six-week workshop series being held at New Ulm Senior and Community Center, room 111 located at 600 N. German St. in New Ulm.  Classes will begin April 13th at 10:00 am. 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 Sarah Anderson, assistant director for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. “Even the most experienced caregiver needs 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 one.”

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 meeting the caregiver’s own commitments, and finding helpful community resources for effective caregiving.

Interested in attending these community classes? Please contact Sarah Anderson at 507.822.1499 or toll-free 1.866.974.0283 or e-mail Sarah.Anderson@lssmn.org to pre-register. For more information about LSS Caregiver Support Programs, please visit http://lssmn.org/oa/caregiver/ or call 1.800.488.4146.

About Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota:
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota offers a wide variety of human support services relating to the basics of life — food, shelter, safety, physical and emotional wellbeing. The nonprofit organization, headquartered in St. Paul, serves one in 65 Minnesotans yearly with operations in 300 Minnesota communities, and employs 2,300 people. For comprehensive information about the organization’s statewide services, visit www.lssmn.org.
 

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 https://mnraaa.org/ for more information.