Join us for Family Caregiver University in December
Being a family caregiver can be stressful! Learn to build a foundation of clarity and calm in the midst of life’s trickiest times, so you can face the challenges and joys of caregiving with a renewed sense of energy and balance. Instructor will address stress relief and mindfulness.
Join us for:
Finding Calm as a Caregiver
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Speaker: April Hadley, MSW, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Instructor Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness
Location: Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
3215 Eaglecrest Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
RSVP: Registration is required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
616-222-7032. A $5.00 suggested fee per class, payable at door.
Questions: Call 616-222-7032 or visit www.caregiverresource.net
Join Us for Family Caregiver University
Join us on Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. for
Taking Care to Give Care: Understanding the Importance of Self-Care on the Caregiving Journey
Do guilt or shame ever bubble up inside of you at the words “Self-Care”? Are you, as a caregiver, getting proper sleep, nutrition and exercise? Do you allow yourself time to do things you enjoy? This class will focus on how caregivers can best balance caring for themselves and their loved ones.
Speaker: Raechel Morrow, BA, E-RYT, TCTSY – Grand Rapids Healing Yoga
Location: Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan | 3215 Eaglecrest Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
RSVP: Registration is required. Email email@example.com or call (616) 222-7032. A $5.00 suggested fee per class, payable at door.
Questions: Call 616-222-7032 or visit www.caregiverresource.net
Family Caregiver University: Upcoming Classes
Our next Family Caregiver University class, "Understanding and Treating Depression in Seniors and Caregivers", is Friday, October 27 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. There is still time to register! Call (616) 222-7032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to see our Fall schedule!
Conquering the Kitchen Returns - Cooking Course for Male Caregivers
Our cooking course for Male Caregivers "Conquering the Kitchen" returns with a 4-session course. May 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meal time can be very stressful for family caregivers. Conquering the Kitchen
can reduce that stress and help male caregivers become more comfortable in the kitchen, no matter their cooking skills. Classes are small to allow for interaction with the instructor and other classmates.
• New cooking skills or brush up on old ones
• How to plan a menu
• Ways to make meal time less stressful
• How to follow a recipe
• Locate community resources
To register call (616) 222-7007 or email email@example.com. $10 is the suggested donation and complimentary respite services can be arranged at the time of registration.
Upcoming Family Caregiver University Class
On Thursday, April 27th from 1:00-3:00pm, Caregiver Resource Network's Family Caregiver University will be presenting Elder Law 101. Do you have an Advanced Directive, a Durable Medical Power of Attorney, a Will or other documents in place? Have you been putting off the conversation with loved ones because you don't know where to start? Come listen to an elder law attorney and caregiver explain what each document is, why you need them and how to get them ready for you or your loved ones.
To register email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (616) 222-7032. There is a $5 suggested donation per class.
Check out our Spring/Summer calendar for future classes. We look forward to seeing you!
Conquering the Kitchen Has Openings for Male Caregivers
Conquering the Kitchen has openings for a class starting Thursday, July 14! The class is hands-on and teaches basic cooking skills, as well as, menu planning and how to navigate the grocery store. Lunch is provided.
Although the class was designed for male caregivers, it is also a great fit for any man who simply want to brush up on their cooking skills. The class is 4 weeks – July 14, 21, 28, and August 4 from 11:00-1:30.
For more information, visit www.aaawm.org/caregivercooking or email email@example.com with any questions.
Class Offered for Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
Want to meet one-on-one with a dietitian, learn how to modify recipes to make them diabetic friendly, determine what food you should eat and how to fit your favorite foods into a healthy lifestyle? Then a PATH Diabetes workshop is for you! Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan is offering Diabetes PATH workshops designed specifically for adults age 65 and over with Type 2 Diabetes.
Workshops meet one day a week for 6 weeks from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (3215 Eaglecrest Drive NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525).
Participants will learn how to manage their diabetes and take control of their life.
- Wednesdays July 8-August 12
- Tuesdays August 4-September 8
- Wednesday s September 2-October 14
For more information, contact Barbara Nelson Jandernoa at (616) 588-2580 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Male Caregiver Cooking Class
A new class for male caregivers will start in Kent County in July. The class will help male caregivers brush up on their kitchen skills, or help them develop new ones.
Participants will also learn how to plan a menu, ways to make meal time less stressful and how to follow a recipe. Additional community resources will also be presented.
"What we have seen in recent male caregiver classes is that many men were not as involved in meal planning or cooking in the past. Now they are taking care of their spouses and trying to learn how to do all of these tasks and it can be overwhelming," says Staci Shell, Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Contract Coordinator at AAAWM and instructor for the class. "Our hope is that by helping them conquer the kitchen, we will relieve some of their stress, make meal time a much smoother process and help them meet other male caregivers going through the same struggles."
Respite is available and the class lasts four weeks. A second session is planned in Kent County for September. The goal is to eventually offer more classes and expand into other counties.
For more information on the classes, including how to register, click here.
Resolve to a Healthy New You!
January is often a time to jumpstart fitness goals or make resolutions for a healthy new you and while nutrition is a key component in building a healthier lifestyle, it’s often neglected or overlooked. Yet, proper nutrition can be critical in preventing the development and progression of life-long diseases such as diabetes. Coupled with exercise, healthy eating habits can also reduce the occurrence of heart disease and osteoporosis.
The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan (AAAWM) wants to help older adults reach their healthy lifestyle goals through a new program called Healthy Eating for Successful Living in Older Adults (Healthy Eating).
If you want to learn about healthy lifestyle choices using a hands-on approach, then this is the class for you! Sessions include cooking demonstrations, group outings to a grocery store and restaurant, and a group physical activity segment. The group outings help participants learn how to incorporate the healthy choices into everyday life activities. “The class is fun and interactive and not the typical classroom setting. Participants have the support and encouragement of each other,“ said Barbara Nelson-Jandernoa, Contract Coordinator at AAAWM.
Registered Dietitian Staci Shell says older adults may not understand how their nutrition needs change as they have aged or possibly developed chronic conditions. “The goal is to teach people how to fit healthy eating into their lifestyle and how to make those healthy food choices in the grocery store, out to eat or wherever you are. It’s not following the latest diet, but learning how to incorporate smart nutrition choices into everyday life.”
The program, provided in partnership with Spectrum Health Healthier Communities, can accommodate up to twelve adults age 60 and over. The first session will be held Wednesday from March 7 through April 11 from 1:00 until 3:30 at Spectrum Health Healthier Communities (665 Seward, Grand Rapids, MI 49504). Instruction will take place in a classroom, kitchen, grocery store and restaurant.
Healthy Eating sessions are held weekly for six weeks. The March class will be taught by Nelson-Jandernoa and Shell. A session is also planned for Ionia County in the spring and AAAWM hopes to expand the program throughout West Michigan in 2012.
Healthy Eating is a National Council on Aging model program. It was developed in Massachusetts with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation in 2005. Upon completion of the program, 80% of participants changed their diet or behavior to make healthier food choices or include physical activity in their daily routine.
Healthy Eating is one of seven healthy aging programs offered throughout West Michigan by the AAAWM. Other classes address fall prevention, physical activity, chronic conditions and arthritis. For more information on healthy aging programs or other resources for seniors, visit www.aaawm.org/healthy_aging
To sign up for the class, call 616.267.2626 or toll free at 877.495.2626, option 4.
Technology Help for Caregivers
The next summer caregiver class will help individuals with their specific technology questions. Teenagers in the WSC Reverse Mentoring program will work one-on-one with caregivers to help with technology concerns. Class will be held Thursday August 25, 2011 from 10:00 until 11:30 at the Wyoming Senior Center (WSC), 2380 DeHoop Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509.
Registration is required. Email your name and title of class to email@example.com or call the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan at (616) 456-5664.
Either the caregiver or the care recipient must be age 60 or older. Complimentary Respite is available upon request.