Council on Aging offering caregivers course

Council on Aging offering caregivers courses

The SOWEGA Council on Aging is coordinating the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program that offers a six-week course designed to help caregivers of adults. The classes are held one day a week for two and a half hours each week.

Over the 6-week course, caregivers will learn tips and strategies on how to manage self-care and learn about caregiver’s needs, reduce stress, reduce negative emotions such as guilt, anger and depression, communicate effectively with other family members, doctors and paid help, make tough decisions, set goals, and problem solving

The classes are offered on an on-going basis. Currently the following classes are scheduled in the various locations throughout the service area including Albany, Sylvester, Newton and Cairo.

Specific times and locations are: Albany, Wednesdays from Feb. 19 - March 26, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Sylvester, every Monday from March 3 - April 7, 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Newton, every Thursday April 17 - May 22, 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.; ; Albany, every Monday May 5 - June 9, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.; Cairo, every Wednesday May 21 – June 25, 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Registration deadline is due one week prior to class; $10 registration fee due on first day of class.

The registration deadline is one week prior to the class. A $10 registration fee is due on 1st day of class. A caregiver help book will be available for purchase.

For more information or to register, contact Cynthia Wade at (229) 432-1124 ext. 168, or email cynthia.wade@sowegacoa.org.

APD accepting applications for courses

— Basic Firearm Safety Course

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department’s firearm safety course, for citizens, will be held on March 22 at 8 a.m. at the Law Enforcement Center in the Community Room. The eight hour class, which is open to citizens 21 years of age and older, will cover basic handgun safety, legal issues, and handling skills needed to deploy a handgun for self-defense.

Limited seats are available.

Applicants will have to sign a release and authorize the Albany Police Department to conduct a background check to obtain any information relating to a criminal history record for the purpose of making a determination of eligibility for the course.

For more information, contact Phyllis Banks at (229) 483-6298

— Citizens Police Academy

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department is now accepting applications for the 30th session of the Citizens Police Academy.

The twelve weekly, two hour sessions, will begin on Feb. 18 and will continue until May 13. Class times are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Citizens will be given an opportunity to learn about a variety of topics and have the chance to participate in a ride-along with an officer on patrol.

Anyone interested in participating in the Albany Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy can go to the city’s website to pre-register by downloading an application. There are also applications available, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5p.m. at the front desk at the Law Enforcement Center, located at 201 West Oglethorpe Boulevard. The program is free.

For questions or to get more information, contact the Public Relations Office at (229) 483-6298.