LETTER: Caregivers have much to gain from upcoming class

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

Earlier this spring, I enrolled in a cost-free, 18-hour class, at the Enrichment Center of Lee County, “Powerful Tools For Caregivers.”

Even though it’s free, my first inclination that I would commit to the Monday afternoon sessions for six weeks occurred with an energetic, cheerful greeting from our instructor, Judi Womack.

A second reason to commit was that myself and a round table of 15 classmates were presented with a purposeful agenda, interesting handouts and a free text of 232 pages, “The Caregiver Helpbook, Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” created by Legacy Caregiver Services (caregiver@lhs.org).

Chapter I of the text, “Taking Care of You,” was an overriding theme, reminding us, “You have to put on your oxygen mask first before you can help others.”

But don’t for one minute think the text is all you need. Through the capable leadership of  Judi, you will also benefit from the generous sharing of classmates, interactive problem-solving and film discussion. You will learn about other resources in our community, as well as services provided by The Enrichment Center.

This 18-hour class is offered in early spring and early fall.

Meanwhile, you can attend a one-day Regional Caregiver Educational Conference, presented by The Enrichment Center of Lee County, Moore County Department of Aging and Alzheimer’s North Carolina Inc.

The conference will be at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford, on Tuesday, April 8, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. A $10 fee includes lunch.

I hope to see my old classmates/new friends there.

To register for the one-day conference or to earn more about the 18-hour class, contact: Judi Womack, family caregiver specialist, The Enrichment Center of Lee County. (919) 776-0501, x 2230, or jwomack@leecountync.gov or www.alznc.org.

Vivian Rosser