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Classes for Family Caregivers

Helping Caregivers Learn and Cope

Important update regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

We are excited to have added some virtual caregiver education options and now also have upcoming in-person, one-day workshops planned! See below for upcoming classes. 

Our classes and workshops help family caregivers in southeast Michigan and metro Detroit take care of themselves while caring for an aging or disabled relative or friend. It doesn’t matter what your situation is—whether you are caring for someone who lives with you, lives in an assisted living facility or a nursing home, or you’re a long-distance caregiver. Our classes and workshops are free and being held in neighborhoods across our six-county region. Advance registration is required. Call (833) 262-2200 or contact us by email to sign up or find a class near you.


Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Classes meet once a week for 6 weeks. Each class is an hour and 30 minutes long. Classes are small—with only 8 to 12 people. Going through the class together as a small group helps class members get to know each other and learn from each other.

Upcoming PTC Virtual Session
Meets weekly on Tuesdays: July 14 – August 18, 2020; 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Classes will be held online via GoToMeeting.
(Access via your computer, smartphone or tablet. No software to download. Just click to join.)
Pre-registration is required. Call 833-262-2200 or email wellnessprograms@aaa1b.org

Pre-workshop orientation: July 7

You’ll Learn:

You’ll walk out with a set of practical tools that you can start using right away. You’ll learn how to:

  • Reduce stress and take care of yourself
  • Communicate your feelings, needs and concerns
  • Get through challenging situations
  • Make tough decisions

Some topics covered include:

  • Hiring in-home help
  • Helping memory-impaired loved ones
  • Making legal and financial decisions
  • Making decisions about placing loved ones in a care facility
  • Understanding depression

One-Day Workshops

Caregiver Survival
Dementia caregiving expert Jill Gafner Livingston shares her inspirational story of personal caregiving and offers tips and tools for other caregivers of loved ones with dementia.

You’ll learn:

  • How to manage stress
  • How to manage difficult behaviors

Two virtual sessions are scheduled in August, while two in-person sessions are scheduled in September.

Pre-registration required for all classes. Register by calling 833-262-2200 or email wellnessprograms@aaa1b.org

Virtual Editions

Presented via GoToWebinar, a free, interactive webinar platform. You can participate via your smartphone, tablet or computer. You can also participate by phone. Please register in advance by calling (833)262-2200 or email wellnessprograms@aaa1b.org.  Log-in information and class materials will be sent. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 

1:00  – 3:30 p.m.
(Hosted by Frenchtown Center for Active Adults)

Thursday, August 20, 2020
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
(Hosted by Livingston County Catholic Charities) 

In-person Sessions

We are asking those attending to follow safety guidelines as recommended by the CDC, required through state directives or required by the venue in which the workshop is being held. We will be contacting attendees ahead of time to let them know what precautions are being taken.

Novi Civic Center
45175 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Life Skills ADS–Fort Gratiot
3031 Commerce Drive, Building B, Fort Gratiot
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Noon – 2:30 p.m.
Free box lunch provided at 11:30 p.m.