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Little Falls Senior Center events

Lakes Area Parish Nurses to hold forum for Caregivers

Caregiving is not for wimps. It can be demanding and draining. But, the opportunity to give care to a loved one is also a blessing.

The Lakes Area Parish Nurses is hosting an event for caregivers from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 at Good Samaritan Society – Woodland. Pastor Barb Christianson will share her personal story of care giving, addressing how her faith has given her strength and the gifts that come with the role. The event will also feature ideas for stress relief, exercise and nutrition as well as local resources available to caregivers.

Companion services, including activities and snacks, are available for loved ones to allow time away for caregivers to enjoy the forum.

The seminar is sponsored by the Lakes Area Parish Nurses and Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Brainerd and Pine River.

Seniors, families of seniors, nurses, social workers, pastors or anyone with an interest in learning more are invited to attend. Register by calling Joy Nordby at 855-6639.

Powerful Tools for caregivers classes

HACKENSACK — Feeling stretched caring for a family member or friend? You may be one of the over 65 million family caregivers in the U.S. today. Caregivers are responsible for the well-being of loved ones who need care in their homes, nearby or far away. Many Caregivers undergo stress, isolation, financial strain, health problems, loss of employment and little time to care for themselves. Sometimes referred to as the “Sandwich Generation,” caregivers may find themselves sandwiched between responsibilities to parents, children, grandchildren and spouses.  

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class designed to provide you with the skills you need to take care of yourself as a caregiver and increase your confidence to provide care in difficult situations. Faith in Action for Cass County and Horizon Health Faith in Action will offer the six-week Powerful Tools class on Mondays, beginning Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. at the Union Congregational Church Library in Hackensack. 

Theresa Eclov and Krisie Barron, certified Powerful Tools class leaders, will share tools to help you reduce stress, improve self-confidence, balance your life, better communicate your feelings, increase ability to make decisions and learn to locate helpful resources. Class materials include The Caregiver Helpbook, specifically designed for this evidence-based course, funded in part through the Central Minnesota Council on Aging.  Class-time care for your family member may be requested through Faith in Action respite services at no cost. 

Whether you provide care for a family member at home or in a care facility, whether down the block or miles away, it is an important role. The most important thing for a caregiver to remember is to not isolate themselves from their fellow caregivers. 

Pre-registration is required for the class. For information, contact Eclov at 866-675-5435 or

Little Falls Senior Center events

LITTLE FALLS — Several candidates running for office will appear at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Little Falls Senior Center to meet with the public.

The center also will host its monthly pancake, sausage and egg breakfast and bargain bin sale from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Cost is $6 for adults; age 6-10 is $3 and age 5 and under is free.

Denise Pollard of the University of Minnesota Extension’s nutrition education program will talk about “Orange Veggies” at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 10. Everyone is welcome to the upcoming events.

The senior center also will be celebrating its 28th year anniversary with a pancake, sausage and egg breakfast and a bargin bin sale and bake sale from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Cost is $6 for adults; age 6-10 is $3 and age 5 and under is free. Bingo starts at 9 a.m. and a raffle at noon. Anyone wanting to buy raffle tickets should contact Kathy Burgardt at the senior center at 320-632-8009.

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