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Help Ease Caregiving Stress With Free Art Classes

Art School Elderly People Taking Class Learning To Paint

AARP Delaware volunteer Eunice LaFate offers free art classes to help ease the stress of family care­givers. The classes will be at her LaFate Gallery in downtown Wilmington on Wednesdays in May. Sessions are limited to 10 people; registration is required.

Delaware is home to 124,000 family caregivers who tend to aging and ailing loved ones.

LaFate, who found that painting helped her deal with grief when her husband was dying of cancer, encourages her students to work out their feelings and find respite through art.

About 36 percent of care­givers find their situation “highly stressful,” according to a 2020 report by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving. Nearly 1 in 4 say it’s difficult to take care of their own health.

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