Mercy and Unity caregiver program helps families deal with advancing age or chronic illnesses

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 3/8/2016 — In Minnesota, more than 670,000 family caregivers help their loved ones to live independently—often performing medical or nursing tasks for people with multiple chronic physical and cognitive conditions. 

Mercy and Unity hospitals, part of Allina Health, are sponsoring a six-week education program called Powerful Tools for Caregivers to provide family caregivers with tools and strategies to better handle the challenges they face.

"Are you finding yourself doing more and more for your parents, spouse, or family member? Then this program will make a positive difference in your life," said Lyla Pagels, coordinator of the Faith Community Nurse Program of Mercy and Unity hospitals.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays from March 22 to April 26 at Church of the Epiphany, 1900 111th Ave. NW in Coon Rapids. The cost is $45. To register, call 763-236-4344.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 retail pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.