Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Support Workshops for Family Caregivers in Golden Gate

Caring for a sick or elderly loved one can be demanding, stressful, and a strain on physical health. Fortunately, help is available. The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is partnering with the Golden Gate Senior Center to offer a free six-week program, Powerful Tools for Caregivers, in the Naples Golden Gate area.

The Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop starts February 20th and continues weekly through March 26th. The class is designed to help family caregivers take care of themselves while also caring for a loved one with an illness or disability.

Class size is limited and advance registration is required. Workshops will be presented on six consecutive Thursdays from 2 PM until 3:30 PM at the Golden Gate Senior Center, 4898 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples.

Caregivers often sacrifice their own health and well-being while caring for a partner or family member. As a result, family caregivers experience higher than average rates of depression, chronic illness, sleep deprivation, and poor nutrition. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an evidence-based program that has been shown to improve self-care, reduce emotional strain, and increase confidence among participants. Workshop attendees also learn about community resources that may provide additional assistance.

For more information, or to register for the six-week Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop, call Sherry Young at the Area Agency on Aging’s Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337 or email

Funding for Powerful Tools for Caregivers is provided by a grant for disease prevention and health promotion under the Federal Older Americans Act, Title IIID, through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. In addition to Powerful Tools for Caregivers, AAASWFL also offers wellness classes for older adults that focus on balance, fall prevention, arthritis-friendly exercise, and chronic disease management.

The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is a nonprofit organization that has served Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Sarasota Counties for more than 40 years. The organization is committed to connecting older adults (ages 60 and over) and people with disabilities to resources and assistance for living safely with independence and dignity. AAASWFL is the state’s designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida.

More information is available by calling the AAASWFL Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337 or by visiting the Agency’s website at

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