The Red Cross is offering a series of educational classes the next three Monday nights at Magness Library.
The series will focus on caregiving and is aimed as a benefit for the person receiving the care and the people providing it.
“It can be a very tough time when you’re caring for a loved one,” said local Red Cross director Kathy Nesmith. “We will have different speakers each night and address different topics such as safety for yourself and safety for them.”
The meetings will begin at 7 p.m. each night and be over around 8:30 p.m.
On Monday, March 10, general caregiver skills will be addressed by speakers Reba Bond and Saundra Williams. This includes providing care while still helping the person maintain a feeling of independence.
On Monday, March 17, Saundra and Bill Williams will discuss helping a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s. This will include diagnosing warning signs and maintaining emotional well-being for the person providing the care.
On Monday, March 24, legal and financial issues associated with providing care will be addressed with an attorney on hand to answer questions.
There is no charge for the classes. Those interested can register for one class or all three.
So organizers can get an idea of how much literature to prepare, Nesmith asks anyone planning to attend a meeting to preregister by calling the Red Cross office 473-2595. If no one is at the office, leave a message indicating how many people will attend and which classes.
Nesmith also notes McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley will be signing a proclamation at the city meeting this Tuesday declaring March as Red Cross Month in McMinnville.