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Classes for Family Caregivers

Helping Caregivers Learn and Cope

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program designed to help family caregivers in southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit take care of themselves while caring for a relative or friend. This class can help you whether you are caring for a parent, spouse, friend or relative who is aging or disabled. It doesn’t matter what your situation is—whether you are caring for someone who lives with you, lives in an assisted living facility or a nursing home, or you’re a long-distance caregiver.


How Does the Class Work?

Classes meet once a week for 6 weeks. Each class is an hour and one half long. Classes are small—with only 8 to 12 people in each class. Going through the class together as a small group helps class members get to know each other and learn from each other.


What Will I Learn?

You’ll  learn a lot and walk out with a set of practical tools that you can start using right away. You’ll learn how to:

  • Reduce stress and take care of yourself
  • Communicate your feelings, needs and concerns
  • Get through challenging situations
  • Make tough decisions

Some topics covered include:

  • Hiring in-home help
  • helping memory-impaired loved ones
  • Making legal and financial decisions
  • Making decisions about placing loved ones in a care facility
  • Understanding depression

Where Are the Classes Held?

Classes are held in community settings throughout southeast Michigan and Metro Detroit. Classes are typically held in community venues like senior centers, libraries or churches.


Is There a Cost?

There is no cost, but donations are welcome to help us keep courses coming for other caregivers.


How Do I Register for a Class?

You can register for a class by calling the Area Agency on Aging 1-B at (800) 852-7795.


Locations, Dates, and Times Offered in 2017:

Download the list of all upcoming Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes.

Macomb County

Sterling Heights Senior Center
40200 Utica Rd.,
Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Thursdays, October 5 through November 9, 2017
10:00  – 11:30 a.m.

Oakland County

The Costick Center  (Farmington Hills) 
28600 11 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Tuesdays, September 12 through October 17, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Waterford Senior Center
3621 Pontiac Lake Rd.
Waterford, MI
Thursdays, September 21 through November 2, 2017
1:00 -2:30 p.m.

St. John Providence – Providence Park (Novi)
26850 Providence Parkway
Novi, MI 48374
Fridays, October 20 through December 1, 2017
1:00 –  2:30 p.m.

Troy Senior Center
3179 Livernois
Troy, MI 48083
Mondays, October 30 through December 11, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Washtenaw County

Turner Senior Resource Center
2401 Plymouth
Ann Arbor MI 48118
Mondays, September 25 through October 30, 2017
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.


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