Caregiving & Support

CaregiverU is a collaboration of more than 30 Central Texas non-profit agencies and community organizations, joining together to bring support and resources to families that are caring for an older loved one.

Classes are offered at no cost to participants. The courses are offered multiple times throughout the year at various YMCA locations in Travis, Hays, and Bastrop counties.

Click here for a full list of YMCA of Austin programs.

This series of six classes is designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. The tools learned from Powerful Tools for Caregivers benefit caregivers by developing a wealth of self-care strategies to better handle the unique challenges faced by family caregivers.

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify and reduce personal stress
  • Communicate feelings, needs, and concerns
  • Take care of you
  • Learn from emotions
  • Communicate more effectively during challenging situations
  • Master caregiving decisions

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of three older adults experiences a fall each year. And falls are the leading cause of both nonfatal and fatal injuries in older adults. The good news is that falls are not a normal or inevitable part of aging – there are simple steps you can take today to reduce your risk.

A Matter of Balance is a fun and dynamic course that emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls and maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Classes are led by certified class leaders, offering practical strategies that will work for you.

Participants will learn to:

  • Set goals for increasing activity
  • Make changes to reduce fall risks
  • Exercise for strength and balance
  • View falls as controllable

Caring for a person with dementia is a role like no other, and that role requires training. Savvy Caregiver classes are led by a pair of trained facilitators to provide proven professional-level training for non-professional family caregivers.

The small group discussion classes address the progressive impact of the illness and the skills needed to manage daily caregiver responsibilities with your loved one. The six class sessions will help develop good care management tools through group discussions, skill building, problem solving, assertiveness training, and brainstorming.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Understand dementia and its effect on behavior
  • Develop strategies to build contented involvement in the care recipient
  • Develop effective strategies for caregiving and decision making
  • Adopt a more strategic outlook on caregiving and work

AGE of Central Texas’ Memory Connections early memory loss support program (formerly known as Early Memory Loss Support Program) is committed to enhancing the mental and physical health and the overall quality of life of people affected by early stage dementia.

The vision of AGE’s Memory Connections program is to provide education, information, and support to people experiencing the symptoms of early-stage dementia, as well as their caregivers, in order that they may remain independent for as long as possible.

Our team of professionals and dedicated volunteers continually strive to provide a high-quality, evidence-informed program designed to offer opportunities for cognitive stimulation and social engagement to the person living with early-stage dementia.

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