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      Caregivers learning to make time for themselves

      Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network is offering classes on Powerful Tools for Caregivers in Kirksville every Tuesday for the next six weeks.

      One Heartland group is helping recent new caregivers get the support they need.

      The Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network began offering classes on Powerful Tools for Caregivers at the First United Methodist Church in Kirksville Tuesday.

      Over the next six weeks, people who participate in the course will learn on how to focus and take time for themselves while providing care such as coming up with an action plan, relaxation, making better decisions and better communication skills.

      "Making sure that the caregiver takes care of himself in order to provide the "care receiver" with what they need. Many times we put our own needs and health on the back burner and take care of the more immediate thing. We know that doesn't work out for a lot of folks," said Bridget Morton of Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network.

      About 15 people showed up to Tuesday's class but Morton said it is not too late to join. The classes are going to be every Tuesday from 1-3 p.m.

      Another six week course is also scheduled beginning Tuesday March 4 from 6:30-8 p.m.at West Chariton Fellowship Church in Novinger.