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Good Samaritan Offers ‘Powerful Tools for Caregivers’ Program

January 29th, 2016

                As our population ages, more and more spouses, adult children and friends find themselves in the role of caregiver to a loved one suffering from a chronic, often catastrophic health condition. There are an estimated 65.7 Americans caring for someone who is ill, disabled or aged, according the AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving. Research shows that caregiving takes a tremendous toll. Caregivers report high levels of depression and anxiety as well as increased vulnerability to their own health problems. To help provide caregivers with the tools to cope with the stress and demands they face, Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip is offering “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” a six-week, evidence based course that provides information and education.

                Each session focuses on life skills to help attendees reduce stress, improve self-confidence, enhance communication, make important decisions, locate resources, and ultimately achieve more balance in their lives.

                Led by Chaplain Mary Anne Bonner from Good Samaritan’s Pastoral Care Department, the program meets on six consecutive Wednesday evenings: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13 and 20, from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. There is no charge for the program, but a $25 donation is suggested to help defray the cost of “The Caregiver Helpbook,” a valuable resource which is distributed to each attendee.

                Pre-registration is required. For additional information or to register, please call (631) 376-4103.