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Hospice Offers Free Course for Caregivers

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Samaritan Evergreen Hospice has partnered with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine to offer a safe and empowering Mind-Body Medicine skills group this winter for caregivers.

The group will meet on Tuesday afternoons from noon to 2 p.m., from Jan. 7 to Feb. 25, at the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House, 4600 Evergreen Place SE, Albany.

The series is open to anyone involved in caring for a loved one. Each session will focus on a proven self-care technique to reduce tension and fatigue and increase resilience, calmness and joy. Participants will discover a variety of ways to decrease feelings of hopelessness, depression and anxiety and to increase well-being, control and joy.

All discussions will be confidential, open and respectful with time to work on restoring energy. Through a supportive group of others who know the demands of caregiving, participants will practice ways to relax and cope with the demands of life.

Each group will start with a basic breathing meditation and a check-in. There is a short lesson, followed by time to practice together and share experiences. Caregivers will be able to participate at their own pace and comfort level.

The self-care model taught during this series was developed by James Gordon, MD, the founder of The Center for Mind Body Medicine. J. Anna Looney is a certified Center for Mind Body Medicine facilitator and founder of Insight Journeys, LLC. She combines her training in social interaction and facilitation with a lifelong passion for communications, holistic health and humanism to share mind/body techniques for stress reduction and self-care.

Registration is required, but there is no charge to participate. Register by calling Anna Looney, 609-468-2270, or email annalooney22@gmail.com.