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What West Hawaii Family Caregivers say about PTC  

(the first few comments came from our recent classes in Kona):

"It's not what I expected as others have said, but it turned out to be what I needed."  "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" and "Thank you both for a wonderful experience."

The comments below, from past years, are pretty typical of the evaluations we receive at the end of each six-week session:

I found my hope again knowing there is help and that I can ask for it.

     ~~I am not alone.  There are many others going through this.

          ~~Every topic targeted real life day-to-day issues.

               ~~I like the closeness I felt with all who attended.

                    ~~It will give you a profound peace and calm.

                          ~~It was such a mind opening opportunity.

Who are the classes for?

The Powerful Tools for Caregivers program is designed to help family caregivers cope with the demands of caring for their loved ones with chronic medical conditions.  

What do the classes cover?

     ~~Managing stress effectively

          ~~Practicing self care

               ~~Coping with guilt, anger and depression

                    ~~Learning to relax

                         ~~Making tough decisions

                              ~~Setting goals

                                   ~~Solving problems

A scripted curriculum and detailed training material provide consistency and quality in all PTC classes no matter where they are located. Participants also receive a copy of The Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. The book covers a range of topics, including:  Hiring in-home help; caring for the memory-impaired; legal and financial issues; care facility placement.

To see the content of each session, look at the PTC national website:  


Class size is limited to ten participants. A $25 book deposit will be collected 

at the first class and refunded upon completion of the six-class series. Pre-registration is required;  walk-in registration will not be available.  

Powerful Tools for Caregivers classes are presented in West Hawaii as a collaboration between HCCN and University of Hawaii Manoa Cooperative Extension, Maui, Aging and Intergenerational programs, with additional funding from West Hawaii Healthcare Council, PFI Rubbish Service, Inc., Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, AARP and HMSA.