Free Program for Caregivers in Chelsea

Accepting Participants Through May 14

From Joyce Williams

Do you spend at least 10 hours per week helping a family member or friend with physical care, finances, emotional care or other activities? The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM) can help you meet these challenges at their no-cost health workshop, Building Better Caregivers (BBC), a self-management program geared toward adults age 18 or older who are caregivers.

BBC started May 7 in Chelsea but will accept new participants through May 14. The classes meet weekly on Mondays from May 14 through June 19 from 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. at the Chelsea Senior Center, 512 Washington Street in Chelsea.

This program was designed by the developers of the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program at Stanford University (referred to as the PATH program in Michigan). It is held once a week for 2 ½ hours for six weeks. BBC focuses on how caregivers can manage their own health, cope with difficult emotions, explore strategies for managing challenging behaviors from the person they provide care to, and ask for help when they need it.

Registration for BBC is required. To register, please call Jodi Burke or Lisa Hall at (734) 222-9800. To learn more about Building Better Caregivers, or find other PATH classes currently held by the NKFM in Michigan, visit

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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