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Marshall Offers Free Course For Family Caregivers

Marshall Medical Center is offering all family caregivers an empowering six-month course called Compassionate Self Care from Oct. 27 through April 13, twice per month on Thursday mornings in Cameron Park from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

While caring for a loved one is extremely important and very rewarding, it is also a demanding responsibility. The emotional, spiritual and physical repercussions of caring for others are very real and can contribute to compassion fatigue. Statistics show that 60 percent of family caregivers die before the person they are caring for. This can be attributed to multiple stress triggers such as lack of support, isolation and sadness.

This program is designed to help caregivers explore different ways to be present to themselves in the midst of the daily pressures of care giving. Participants will learn to practice self-compassion, which in turn extends to those they minister.

The course tuition is free and made possible by Friends of Seniors.

The instructor Julie Interrante MA is committed to the evolution of the self through the power and wisdom of one’s own soul. She teaches the importance of embracing pain, which breaks open the heart, catalyzing great courage, trust and creativity for living life fully.

Interrante is an adjunct professor in the department of psychology at Sacramento City College and the author of “The Power of a Broken-Open Heart.”

Call Marshall Community Health Education at (530) 626-2990 to register or for more information.

Free respite care is being offered through Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center and may be available to eligible caregivers by calling (916) 728-9333.

Marshall Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community healthcare provider located in the heart of the Sierra Foothills. Marshall Medical Center includes Marshall Hospital, a fully accredited acute care facility with 113 beds in Placerville; several outpatient facilities in Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Georgetown; and many community health and education programs. Marshall has more than 200 board-certified physicians and 1,500 employees providing quality healthcare services to more than 180,000 residents of El Dorado County.