The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services, is offering its free Powerful Tools for Caregivers series starting in June. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend with a chronic illness.
The class is 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday from June 11 to July 16 at the St. George Branch of the Dorchester County Library at 506 North Parler Avenue and will be taught by certified leaders. Registration is required and class size is limited. For more information and to register, call 843-471-1360 or visit www.thearkofsc.org.
This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources. Attendees will benefit from this class whether they are helping a parent, spouse, or friend who lives at home, in a nursing home, or across the country.
In South Carolina, there are 81,000 people age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease. Nearly 8,000 families in the Charleston area care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or a related memory disorder. South Carolina has the 8th highest Alzheimer’s death rate in America. Since 1996, families have been turning to The ARK for support, resources, education, and respite.