Online tools for caregivers begins April 7

Do you help take care of an adult with chronic conditions? Are you feeling a bit alone, particularly in light of social isolation with COVID-19? Would you like to chat with others in similar situations without leaving your home? If so, you are not the only one. 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.

This spring Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering an online course to help family caregivers connect and support each other. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools that family caregivers need to take care of themselves. ISU Extension and Outreach will be offering Powerful Tools for Caregivers online beginning April 7. Live online sessions are scheduled every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for six weeks. To register, visit Registration deadline is March 30. Spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

“If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one,” said Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

“In Powerful Tools for Caregivers, you will learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings, balance your life, increase your ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources,” said Rader, who specializes in family life issues.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers has been tested and evaluated through a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging.

Classes consist of six, 90-minute 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,” Rader said.

For more information, contact Rader at