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Six-week caregiver series begins Sept. 17

The Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services Family Caregiver Support Program and Tuality Healthcare will sponsor a six-week series for family and friends caring for a loved one with a chronic illness.

“Tools for Caregivers” will take place on Thursdays, Sept. 17 through Oct. 22, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., at Sonrise Church, 6701 N.E. Campus Way, in Hillsboro.

This educational series is designed to help unpaid family caregivers take care of themselves while they are caring for a relative or friend with a chronic illness. Participants will learn how to reduce personal stress, communicate their needs effectively in challenging situations, deal with difficult emotions, and make tough caregiving decisions.

The class is appropriate for anyone helping a parent, spouse or friend. The person in their care may live at home, in a facility or across the country.

There is a suggested donation of $30 to help defray the cost of the book, but payment is not required to attend the class.

Class size is limited, and registration is required by calling 503-846-3089.