Westminster, MD, Monday, January 4, 2021 – The Carroll County Bureau of Aging & Disabilities will begin offering free virtual workshops for two of their evidence-based programs in January.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational series designed to provide the tools needed for self-care. This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings, create balance, increase the ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Workshops consist of six sessions held on Thursdays beginning January 14, 2021 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Interactive lessons, discussions and brainstorming will help attendees take the “tools” and put them into action for life.

Chronic Pain Self-Management is a series of workshops for adults of all ages who have on-going health problems, chronic pain, or who live with someone that does. Originally developed at Stanford University, the Living Healthy, Living Well workshops are part of an evidence-based self-management program that has been proven effective in helping attendees manage their health and pain. Workshops consist of six sessions held on Tuesdays beginning January 12, 2021 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm. Living Healthy, Living Well workshops offer a hands-on opportunity to discover solutions that work with life, health concerns, and pain. With support in a Living Healthy, Living Well workshop, attendees can build confidence to make new choices and feel better. Participants create weekly action plans, share experiences and help each other solve problems in creating and implementing their personal self-management program.

The Bureau of Aging & Disabilities (BOAD) is pleased to begin offering these programs virtually, at no cost to the public. If the lack of technology holds you back from participating in online BOAD and Senior Center programs, please contact Leslie Wagner at 410-386-3818 to determine eligibility for a new Wi-Fi enabled tablet loan program.

Workshop registration is required, with the link found on the Bureau of Aging & Disabilities website at https://www.carrollcountymd.gov/aging-and-disabilities/. Interested residents may also call Leslie Wagner at 410-386-3818 or email LivingHealthy@carrollcountymd.gov for more information.