Do you help take care of an adult with chronic conditions? If so, you are not alone. Over 43.5 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or an intermittent basis.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools you need to take care of yourself. If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one. As a participant you will learn how to: reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings, balance your life, increase ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources.

Iowa State University Extension is sponsoring Powerful Tools for Caregivers at Iowa State University this spring. This program has been tested and evaluated through a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Classes consist of six, 2-and-a-half hour sessions held once a week. Two experienced leaders conduct each class. Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming help you take the "tools" you choose and put them into action for your life.

Sessions are scheduled every Tuesday for six weeks and begin on March 22. Classes will be held at MacKay 0119 from 5:30–8:30 p.m. A boxed dinner will be provided. There is a $20 fee for the program. For more information or to register, contact ISU Extension and Outreach Story County at 515-382-6551.