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'Stress-busting' program for caregivers set

Alzheimer's disease and other dementias cause high levels of stress and anxiety among family caregivers. How caregivers deal with the stresses associated with caregiving may be critical to their well-being. The well-being of caregivers is essential not only because caregivers are important as people, but also because caregivers who care for themselves take better care of their loved ones. The "Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers" provides caregivers the tools they need to take care of themselves. This program helps them cope better with the stress related to caregiving. In the program, caregivers learn about stress and its effects, practice stress management techniques, and develop problem-solving skills. The material in this program is based on research and on feedback from the many caregivers who have participated in the program. This program has been highly beneficial for many family caregivers. Most have viewed it as a source of strength and support for them in their caregiving role. The Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging invites caregivers to experience the stress-busting program for free. Loretta Henderson with the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging will be offering this nine-week support program in Versailles beginning Thursday, April 7, at the Daisy Hill Senior Living meeting room, 1001 Crossfield Drive. Caregivers will also be given a free workbook, relaxation CD, and DVD. For details, call Loretta Henderson at (859) 269-8021, extension 299.

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