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Caregiving course begins March 22 in Sheldon

SHELDON, Iowa -- Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach invites family caregivers to register for the "Finances of Caregiving" course beginning at 6 p.m. March 22 at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

SHELDON, Iowa - Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach invites family caregivers to register for the “Finances of Caregiving” course beginning at 6 p.m. March 22 at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.

Life expectancy for Americans continues to increase, which means that most adults will care for a parent or relative at some point in their life. For some parents, this may mean caring for their young or adult child with special health or behavior needs.

Finances of Caregiving can also be beneficial for an adult who wishes to get his or her own affairs in order to lighten the burden for his or her spouse or children in case of the need for special care or unexpected death.

The Finances of Caregiving program provides materials and expertise to assist caregivers in making financial decisions for the care recipient, as well as for themselves. Topics will include wills, Power of Attorney for health care and financial matters, retirement plans, tax-deferred savings, Veterans Benefits, Medicare, Medigap, Medicaid, the importance of effective communication and planning ahead, and more.

The five-week program will meet every Wednesday night beginning Mar. 22 through Apr. 19. The first (Mar. 22) and last (Apr. 19) session will meet face-to-face at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, and the other three sessions will be available online for participants to complete from their home or office.

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For more information and/or to register, visit www.extension.iastate.edu/obrien and/or contact the ISU Extension and Outreach O’Brien County office at (712) 957-5045 or xobrien@iastate.edu . The deadline to register for Finances of Caregiving is Mar. 17.

 

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