Do you help take care of an adult with chronic conditions? Are you feeling a bit alone particularly in light of social isolation with COVID-19? Would you like to chat with others in similar situations without leaving your home? Over 43.5 million family caregivers in America provide a vast array of emotional, financial, nursing, social, homemaking and other services on a daily or an intermittent basis.

This spring, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering an on-line course to help family caregivers connect and support each other. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide tools that family caregivers need to take care of themselves. This series will be available online beginning April 7. Live online sessions are scheduled every Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and will continue for six weeks. Interested persons may register by visiting bit.ly/ptc15663. Registration deadline is March 30. Spots are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

“If you take good care of yourself, you will be better prepared to take good care of your loved one,” said Malisa Rader, a human sciences specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

“In Powerful Tools for Caregivers, you will learn how to reduce stress, improve self-confidence, better communicate your feelings, balance your life, increase your ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources,” said Rader, who specializes in family life issues.

This series has been tested and evaluated through a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging. Classes consist of six 90-minute sessions held once a week. Two experienced leaders will be conducting the sessions.

For more information, contact Rader at