Reduce stress and manage time, while navigating through tough decisions and connecting with local resources. A 6-week series. Begins Thursday, March 12, from 10 am to noon.

Self-Care for Caregivers: workshop to offer skills and resources

The “Self-Care for Caregivers” workshop, using the Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) curriculum, will take place on Thursdays beginning March 12 and continuing weekly through April 16. Each session is from 10 am to noon at the Estes Valley Library. Participation is free, and attendees must register in advance. Click here to register.

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is a nationally-recognized program to help caregivers develop skills to keep themselves healthy while caring for someone else. The program is presented in the format of a six-week workshop following a workbook titled The Caregiver Helpbook. By participating, caregivers acquire strategies to help in reducing stress, improving self-confidence, managing time, setting goals, and solving problems. Participants also learn how to better communicate their feelings and navigate through difficult decisions, while also locating helpful resources in their communities.

In the past, caregivers have had to travel out-of-town to attend this full workshop. However, in the coming weeks, locals will have the opportunity to participate right here in Estes Park.

Research studies have found high rates of anxiety and depression among caregivers, posing increased vulnerability to health problems. Caregivers frequently cite restriction of personal activities and social life as challenges. They can sometimes feel powerless, leading to a negative impact on their own physical and emotional health.

In the years since this program began, PTC classes have been shown to have a positive impact on caregiver health for a diverse group, including spouses, relatives, friends, adult children of aging parents, and caregivers of children with special health and behavioral needs.

Locally, the program will be facilitated by staff from the Larimer County Office on Aging, with co-sponsorship by the Library. To learn more about the program, visit the national website,