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Caregivers need to guard against stress

SUBMITTED PHOTO - These women participated in a previous Stress Busting Program for Caregivers. A new session is beginning Sept. 10. The program is free and open to all.

Retirement. Finally the day has come; no more pressures, no more boring work meetings. You worked hard and planned for this day and arranged your life so you can live on your retirement income. The dreams of travel and carefree living are coming true.

Until your spouse gets the diagnosis: Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Pow! You feel a hit to the gut as you realize that life is going to change. You are now the primary caregiver, one of the hardest of jobs.

Caregivers need a way to alleviate stress and be refreshed. The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center is again offering the highly successful “Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers.”

Participants will meet 1:30-3:30 p.m. each Thursday for nine weeks, beginning Sept. 10. This free program is designed for those caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. The facilitators share evidence-based skills and tactics to manage stress.

If you are in need of such a class, call to register. If you know someone who could use the class, offer to stay with their loved one while they attend.

Learning and practicing the skills to manage stress as a caregiver is so vital for the health of the caregiver and the loved one.

There will be home delivery only for lunch service Friday, Aug. 28. Monday, Aug. 31 lunch services resumes at the center. The menu features turkey club wraps on Monday and barbecued pork on a bun on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Lunch cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and older and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, under the banner “Calendar,” click on “View the Adult Community Center Calendar” and then the activity for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage by Michelle.



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