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120 Grandview Blvd., Gaylord, Michigan  49735

Creating Confident Caregivers Workshop

Creating Confident Caregivers (CCC) is an exciting new program being offered in Gaylord for family caregivers of persons with dementia/memory loss.  Statewide, over 1,000 caregivers have participated in the program!

Using the Savvy Caregivers model, Creating Confident Caregivers is a six-session program led by a certified master trainer.  This university-tested program provides participants with information, skills, and attitudes to manage stress and to increase effectiveness in caring for loved ones.  Because it is part of a federally-funded program, there is no charge to participants for the class or materials; respite care for your family member can be provided free of charge while you attend.
How does the workshop help caregivers?
At Creating Confident Caregivers classes, you will learn about:
  • dementia and its effects on the brain
  • caregiver resources
  • managing behaviors
  • improving caregiver skills
  • how to handle everyday activities more easily
  • taking care of yourself to better care for your loved one.

Oct./Nov. 2010 Creating Confident Caregivers Workshop Class














Here's what caregivers that completed the workshop had to say about it:        

The information in the class was absolutely invaluable.  I can't thank you enough.

Gaylord Caregiver


I really benefited emotionally.  We really shared each other's heavy load.

Cheboygan Caregiver


I learned to accept things as they are and to do my best to take care of my husband as long as I can . . . and to ask for help, even for myself, and not feel guilty.

Alpena Caregiver



In the Creating Confident Caregivers Class, participants
learn how to reduce caregiver stress, improve self-
confidence, create a positive caregiving environment
and plan daily activities for their loved ones.

Upcoming CCC Workshops are scheduled as follows:
To Register
Workshop Location


6 to 8 p.m.
or call the OCCOA at
(989) 732-1122
Conference Room
Medical Professional Bldg.
Otsego Memorial Hospital
825 N. Center Ave.
Gaylord, MI 49735 
Robin Petruska
Master Trainer 
6 Weeks
(Ends 9/12/2017)

Grant-funded Respite Care is Available for Your Loved One!

Grant-funded respite care for your loved one is available at OCCOA's Otsego Haus adult day service program while you attend the Gaylord workshop classes.  Please call (989) 732-1122 for more information.

Certified Master Trainer Robin Petruska
was the primary caregiver for her mother, 
Elizabeth Rosenthal.


Creating Confident Caregivers is supported in part by the U.S. Administration on Aging through the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging and the Region 9 Area Agency on Aging.