The Minnesota Area Agencies on Aging, through the Central MN Council on Aging has awarded Family Pathways a Federal Older Americans Act Title III grant.

This funding will allow Family Pathways to continue offering programming for older adults and caregivers throughout East Central Minnesota. Family Pathways’ Aging Services programs are designed to help older adults stay in their homes and offer caregivers education and support.

Older adults living in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine and Milles Lacs counties will have access to homemaker services and assisted transportation under the guidelines of the Title III grant.

Caregivers who are caring for an older adult will have access to supportive services from experienced caregiver consultants. The goal of Title III E funding is to support caregivers as they manage and live their lives well while also caring for another person. Caregiver consultants help caregivers develop individualized care plans and connect them to local community resources. Social respite coordinator has a Reflections Memory Arts & Activity Library filled with resources encouraging meaningful interactions with persons living with memory loss.

Evidenced-based workshop, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” is also provided under Title III funding. This educational series is designed to provide caregivers the tools necessary to take care of themselves while caring for another person. This program helps caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions, and locate needed resources.

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