Caregiver Self-Care

As a family member caring for your wife, husband, parent, other relative, good friend, or raising a grandchild, looking after yourself is your right and your responsibility. The stress of caregiving can cause increased health problems for you, disrupted relationships, anger, guilt, depression AND it can decrease your ability to provide good care… or to give care in a loving way. You, the family member you care for, and your extended family will all benefit from you taking care of you. Let the NEK Council on Aging’s Caregiver Support Program help you!

We were the first in Vermont to offer Powerful Tools for Caregivers, a series of specially designed workshops that teaches you how to lower stress, communicate effectively, solve problems, set goals, and reduce either depression, anger, guilt, or all three. In 2013 the Administration on Aging (AoA) endorsed Powerful Tools for Caregivers for meeting the highest level of criteria for evidence-based disease prevention and health-promotion programs.

Need time for yourself? Our Caregiver Support Program offers respite grants for:

  • caregivers of individuals with dementia
  • family caregivers of frail individuals 60+
  • grandparents and kinship caregivers 55+ who are raising relative children.

NEK Council on Aging Spring 2018 Caregiver Newsletter
We hope you enjoy this edition of our Winter Newsletter!

Need someone to talk to? We offer one-on-one support for your self-care as part of our Caregiver Self-Care Program. Why not call one of our Information and Referral Specialists today and start a conversation about how the NEK Council on Aging might help you? Our statewide, toll-free number is 1-800-642-5119. Or, send us e-mail: