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Health / Safety

New training benefits faculty and staff who are caregivers

September 15, 2011

Are you a daughter or son caring for an aging parent? Are you a husband or wife caring for a spouse? Then you are a caregiver, and you aren't alone! Family and friends provide 80 percent of care older persons receive. Caregivers often feel stressed and alone, trying to balance their own needs with those of their loved ones.

Training and Organizational Development is offering two opportunities for caregivers to learn about the resources and strategies available to support them. CSU's Office of the Ombuds and Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  is collaborating with the Larimer County Office on Aging’s Caregiver Support Program to make these classes available at no cost to CSU faculty and staff.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week series offered for the first time on campus. It is conveniently scheduled from noon-1:30 p.m. on Fridays, October 7, 14, and 21 and November and November 4, 11 and 18.
  • Caregiving 101 returns tomorrow, Sept. 16, from 1-4 p.m.

Full class descriptions and location are available online.

Benefits of the Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) program

Research studies find high rates of depression and anxiety among caregivers and increased vulnerability to health problems. Caregivers frequently cite restriction of personal activities and social life as problems. They often feel they have no control over events, and that feeling of powerlessness has a significant negative impact on caregivers' physical and emotional health.

In the six weekly classes, caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to: reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate their needs to family members and healthcare/ service providers; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions (re: placement, driving issues, or finances).

Class participants also receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook (2nd ed.), developed specifically for the class.

Proven positive impact for caregivers

In the years since the PTC program was conceived, a great deal of research, evaluation and revision has been done to ensure its continued value and success. The 6-week PTC class has been shown to have a positive impact on caregiver health for a diverse group of caregivers including rural, ethnic minorities, adult children of aging parents, well-spouses/partners, caregivers at differing stages in their caregiving role, living situations, financial and educational backgrounds. Data from class participant evaluations indicates:

  • Significant improvement in behaviors: increased exercise, use of relaxation techniques and health self-care
  • Improved emotions, including reduced anger, guilt, and depression
  • Increased self-confidence in coping with caregiving demands
  • Increased use of community services
Program is based on Stanford University model

PTC is based on the highly successful Chronic Disease Self-Management Program developed by Dr. Kate Lorig and her colleagues at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a national program sustained by extensive collaborations with community-based organizations, and has reached over 15,000 family caregivers in over 20 states. PTC received the 2007 National Family Caregiver Award for innovation, responsiveness and effectiveness from the National Alliance for Caregiving and the MetLife Foundation.

Register online

To register, visit and select the “Register for Workshops” link near the top of the page. Log-in using your e-ID.

Please visit our website for information about our trainings, and other training resources at CSU. Classes can also be viewed on our Event Calendar.

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Contact: Ellen.Audley@ColoState.EDU
E-mail: Ellen.Audley@ColoState.EDU
Phone: (970) 491-1376