February 2018                                                               

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REST Celebrates 5th Anniversary

As we approach our fifth anniversary, we'd like to thank those who have helped us achieve this milestone:  legislators, state leaders, senior organizations, REST Trainers and REST Companions. Together, we are building networks of support for caregivers! Read more here.
State Updates
A Train-the-Trainer event took place on Jan. 9-10 , at Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County , Boynton Beach, through the Special Needs Advisory Coalition. Sixteen individuals completed the training, including two from the Florida Lifespan Respite Alliance .  See photos .

The Mississippi Department of Human Services held a Train-the-Trainer event on Jan. 30-31, in Flowood, training seven individuals. See their photo.

The Upper Peninsula Commission on Area Progress  (UPCAP) held a Train-the-Trainer course on Jan. 23-24, in Escanaba, training five individuals.

UPCAP will conduct two Companion courses on Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 , in Menominee, and on Feb. 26 and 27 , in Negaunee.

Fourteen new Companions were trained in December , at Lake Gogebic Senior Citizens Club , in Bergland, through UPCAP.

New York
A Companion course took place on Jan. 20 , at Broome County Senior Center, Endwell, through the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition ( NYSCRC).

A Train-the-Trainer course will take place on March 22-23 , at Broome County Senior Center, through NYSCRC.  See details .

The Western New York Alzheimer's Caregiver Partnership is funding a monthly drop-off respite program at Indian Falls United Methodist Church, in Corfu. "Caring Hearts and Hands" offers games, crafts, light chair exercises and sing-alongs to keep loved ones occupied while their caregivers takes a much-needed break. Learn more .
The Alzheimer's Association Western New York Chapter will oversee a three-year, $4.5 million dollar grant from the New York State Department of Health to expand dementia caregiving initiatives across seven counties. Funds will provide services for caregivers of individuals with dementia, including support groups, respite services, safety strategies, and educational programs.  See article .
Two REST Master Trainer courses will take place this spring:  on March 6-7 in Bloomingdale, and June 20-21, in Addison . The courses will prepare experienced REST trainers to conduct the two-day Train-the-Trainer course and to mobilize REST training throughout their state. See course details.  

Voice of Care , a service organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, held a Companion course on Jan. 20, in Hillside. Those who completed the training will serve in a variety of settings, including camps for individuals with disabilities, and congregational drop-off respite programs.
A Companion course will take place on Feb. 24 , at Zion Lutheran Church, Grant Park, through Voice of Care. See information.
Neighborhood Church of the Brethren , Montgomery, is seeking volunteers to provide respite care for children with special needs, while their parents, guardians and caregivers attend a support group.

The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Adult Day Services Center , Cass Lake, held a Companion course on Jan. 29.
A Companion course took place at Humboldt General Hospital , Winnemucca, on Jan. 22 and Jan. 27, through the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division (NADSD).

A Companion course will take place this month at the House of Holiness, Las Vegas, through NADSD.

Western Arizona Council of Governments  will host a Companion course on Feb. 17, at the Daybreak Adult Day Center, in Yuma.

A Caregiver Workshop will take place on Feb. 22 , at the Ethel H. Berger Center, Sierra Vista, through the Southeastern Arizona Governments Organization/Area Agency on Aging. More information

A Companion training will take place on Feb. 28 and March 1 , through the  Stanislaus County Aging & Veterans Services , Modesto.  Through the training, the program can meet the needs of the growing number of caregivers who request respite-care services through the Family Caregiver Support Program.

Alzheimer's of Central Alabama  provides scholarships for individuals with Alzheimer's disease to attend adult day care centers, so their caregivers can work or take a break. The program serves families in 21 counties across the central part of the state, with the mission of helping families keep their loved ones at home for as long as possible.
Dementia Perspectives Caregiver Conference will take place on Feb. 17, at Spring Hill Presbyterian Church, Mobile.  The event will include a panel of national speakers, entertainment and lunch. Register here .

Caregiver College will take place on Feb. 22 , at Westminster Village, Spanish Fort, through the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission/Area Agency on Aging. The event will include lunch and presentations on "Dementia 101," "Preparing to Care," "Legal Ease," and "Coping as a Caregiver." Seating is limited. See details

The San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging currently offers gas and in-home care vouchers for caregivers who are age 60 and older (or 55 and older, if caring for a child related by blood or marriage).  To learn more, click  here .

Spectrum Generations will host the 20th annual Gene and Lucille Ice Fishing Derby , on Feb. 18, at the Muskie Center, Waterville. The event will benefit programs that help older adults and those with disabilities live healthy, happy and independent lives. See details .

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