Training and Support

All CRIS trainings are evidence-based. This means they are national programs that are researched and proven to work. CRIS staff are certified to provide these trainings. All trainings are provided free of charge unless otherwise noted. We encourage you to sign-up for any of the groups being offered.

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Aging Mastery
Eligible: All Older Adults
Focus Area: fun discussion group with guest speakers about mastering aging (health, relationships, fitness, legal issues etc.)
Class Type: Classroom setting, weekly sessions for 10 weeks.

The Aging Mastery Program (AMP) is a fun and engaging education and behavior change incentive program for aging well. The sessions are a group discussion about the topics with a guest speaker from a local service provider. The core curriculum covers 10 topics and participants are given a handbook with information on each topic. Each person can decide what they may want to work on for their own life to ‘Master Aging’. Previous attendees set goals of everything from improving their fitness and nutrition or even going to bed earlier or reading more. The goals are yours to choose. When they graduate from AMP, participants have set goals for positive actions in many aspects of their lives such as exercise, nutrition, finances, advance care planning, community engagement, and healthy relationships.

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Aging Mastery for Caregivers
Eligible: Caregivers- anyone helping an older adult in their lives
Focus Area: Covers the standard topics of Aging Mastery and how to apply them to the person you are assisting.
Class Type: Classroom setting, weekly sessions for 12 weeks.

Aging Mastery Program for Caregivers consists of the standard Aging Mastery Program (AMP) core curriculum (see that description ) “bookended” with two classes specifically designed to address caregiver concerns. This is a group discussion among caregivers both about how to assist them as caregivers but also how to assist the loved one they are caring for in setting goals to age well. In this 12-session class, participants create their own playbook for aging well via actionable goals, sustainable behaviors, and peer support, all in the context of their lives as caregivers.

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Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives ( PEARLS)
Eligible: All older adults
Focus Area: Depression
Class Type: 6 Individual Sessions with CRIS staff. Not a group setting.

PEARLS educates older adults about what depression is (and is not) and helps them develop the skills they need for self-sufficiency and more active lives. The program takes place in six sessions. Classes are conducted one on one in your home, in a local community location or at CRIS senior center. This evidence based program has been shown to be a great fit for people who do not see other mental health programs as a good fit for them but think they could be happier and better at problem solving. The classes are NOT conducted by a therapist but a CRIS staff person trained in the PEARLS model. PEARLS coaches meet one-on-one with older adults for six one-hour sessions, typically over the course of four months. The program begins with weekly sessions that gradually taper to monthly. This is a common skill-building technique used to support people in gradually learning to problem solve on their own.

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Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Eligible: Persons assisting an older adult
Focus Area: Caregivers- anyone helping an older adult in their lives
Class Type: 6 classes (weekly) Classroom setting

Powerful Tools for Caregivers gives you the skills to take care of yourself while caring for someone else. By taking care of your own health and well-being, you become a better caregiver. Six class sessions held once a week are led by CRIS staff. Class Participants are given The Caregiver Helpbook ($30 value), which follows the curriculum and gives caregivers tools to help:

  • Reduce Stress
  • Improve Self-Confidence
  • Manage Time, Set Goals, and Solve Problems
  • Better Communicate Their Feelings
  • Make Tough Decisions
  • Locate Helpful Resources

The second half of the book addresses issues such as hiring in-home help, choosing a care facility, caregivers of veterans, and caregivers of children with special needs.

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Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers
Eligible: family caregivers of an older adult
Focus Area: Caregivers- persons caring for an aging family member
Class Type: Classroom setting. Weekly for 9 weeks.

The Stress Busting Program (SBP) for Family Caregivers is a multi-component program where facilitators meet with a small group of family caregivers for 1 ½ hours once a week for 9 consecutive weeks to facilitate education, support, problem solving, and stress management. It takes a holistic approach addressing the emotional, physical, spiritual, and cognitive needs of family caregivers. Content includes the topics of (1) stress and relaxation; (2) grief, loss, and depression; (3) dealing with challenging behaviors of people with dementia; (4) coping with stress; (5) positive thinking; (6) taking time for yourself; and (7) choosing a path of wellness. Stress management techniques are taught including (1) relaxation breathing, (2) meditation, (3) imagery, (4) art, (5) music, (6) journaling, and (7) aromatherapy.

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Savvy Caregivers
Eligible: All older adults
Focus Area: Caregivers of persons with dementia
Class Type: Individual sessions, not a classroom setting

Savvy Caregiver is a training program intended to train families and others about the unfamiliar role they face as caregivers of a relative or friend with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Savvy Caregiver is a 12-hour program that is delivered in 2-hour sessions over a 6-week period. The program focuses on helping caregivers think about their situation objectively and on providing them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to manage stress and carry out the caregiving role effectively.

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