September 2018                                                               

Interested in hosting a REST training?   
REST is booking Train-the-Trainer events for fall and winter. See a current list of our workshops.

Participate in the REST Training Challenge this November , during National Family Caregivers Month! Prizes and recognition will be given to the REST Trainer and state that train the most Companions. See contest details.

REST is an evidence-based respite-training program. See our published study.

REST offers custom training packages.
Contact Lois Sheaffer for more information:
or 630-397-5655.



Gain a strong command of the ten core competencies of respite. Take the REST Essentials online course. See information.


For information, visit:
or contact:
Lois Sheaffer, 
National Director of REST, at 630.397.5655 ,  
Kelly Fitzgerald, National Training Development Manager, at 630.397.5658,


The "Do YOU give a care?"
campaign provides support for millennial family caregivers, through an online community, videos, graphics, and more. See details and videos here.

State Updates

Register now for a Train-the-Trainer event, which will take place on Oct. 16-17, at Daniels Fund, in Denver. Members of the Colorado Respite Coalition may be eligible for a scholarship to help fund a portion of the training. See information


A Companion course will take place on Sept. 8, at Humboldt General Hospital, Winnemucca, through the Nevada Aging and Disabilities Services Department. See details.

A Veterans Resource Fair will take place on Sept. 8, at the Carson City Nugget, through the Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program and the RSVP Veterans Advisory Council. The event will include lunch and the opportunity for veterans and their caregivers to learn about services and programs provided by area nonprofits, advisory groups, government agencies and the private sector. Learn more here.

Congratulations to Cozette Eldridge, a REST Companion through Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, who is one of several finalists for the 2018 Governor's Points of Light Award, the highest honor bestowed on a volunteer in the state. The award, which will be given on Oct. 18, celebrates the extraordinary volunteer efforts of Nevadans, highlighting regional impacts along with the private and public partnership across the nonprofit and corporate sector. Good luck, Cozette! See details.

Thirteen individuals completed a Train-the-Trainer event, on Aug. 28-29, at the Alzheimer's Association, Mass./N.H. Chapter, in Waltham, through the Massachusetts Council on Aging. See  photos from the event.

  New York
A Train-the-Trainer event took place on Aug. 28-29, at Downtown Presbyterian Church, Rochester, through the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition, training eight individuals. See a photo from the event here.

Eight individuals completed a Companion course on Aug. 11, at Pinnacle Lutheran Church, Rochester, through a partnership with Voice of Care. See a photo from the event.

A Caregiver Lunch & Learn event will take place on Sept. 29, in New York City, through Caregiver Action Network. The event allows participants to share their caregiving stories with other caregivers, and learn tips and tools of handling shared decision making. Attendees will receive a free lunch, caregiver bag and Target gift card. Learn more.

Five individuals completed a Companion course on Aug. 24, at CareFirst Hospice, Painted Post.


The Unicorn Foundation will host a Companion course on Sept. 8, at Unicorn Village Academy, in Boca Raton. See details.
Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities will host a Companion course, on Oct. 19, at the Boca Raton Community Center.
The 30th Annual "Swing for Seniors" golf tournament will take place on Oct. 26, at Jacaranda Golf Club, in Plantation, to benefit the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County.  Learn more.


A Companion course will take place on Sept. 8, at the Northern Illinois District office of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, in Hillside, through Voice of Care. See details.


North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments will host Companion courses on Sept. 17, 19 and 21, in Decatur, for their Senior Companions who will provide respite through community action.


The Upper Peninsula Commission on Area Progress will hold a Companion course on Oct. 23, at Marquette County Health Department, in Negaunee. Register here.

A Caregiver Lunch & Learn event will take place on Oct. 6, in Detroit, through Caregiver Action Network. The event allows participants to share their caregiving stories with other caregivers, and learn tips and tools of handling shared decision making. Those who attend will receive a free lunch, caregiver bag and Target gift card. Learn more.


Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota offers gift certificates for in-home and group-setting respite services. Each certificate offers a few hours of quality respite care, giving the caregiver a chance to relax, recharge, and take care of their own health needs. Purchase a respite gift certificate for a friend or family member here.

New Jersey

National Director of REST Lois Sheaffer will present at the 2018 National Caregivers Conference on Oct. 11, at the Woodbridge Renaissance, Iselin. Themed, "Health, Technology, and the Family Caregiver," the conference will feature national speakers, workshops and exhibitors that address issues facing the caregiver community. In addition, exhibitors will showcase projects that use technology to improve the health and quality of life of caregivers and their loved ones. See details.


The "Aging Well in Arizona" Summit will take place on Sept. 20-21, at Sheraton Mesa at Wrigleyville West, through the Arizona Association of Area Agencies on Aging. Register  here .

The Western Arizona Council of Governments conducts monthly caregiver support groups in Kingman and Bullhead City. Learn more.


Na Hoaloha will be conducting community and organizational assessments in the coming months, in preparation for a five-year strategic plan. The Maui-based organization helps seniors remain independent by offering such services as in-home respite, early detection for dementia, fall risk assessments, and escorted transportation.


The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition is currently conducting a Respite Needs Assessment Survey, to demonstrate the need for respite services in the state, and to assist in efforts to promote the development of a statewide respite and crisis care system. Click here to take the survey.


The 2018 Aging and Adult Services Conference will take place on Sept. 18-20, at the Natchez Convention Center, through the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Click for more information.


The 17th Annual Upper Cumberland Senior and Caregiver Expo will take place on Oct. 16, at Life Church, in Cookeville, through the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Themed, "Engage at Every Age," the event will address caregiving of individuals from birth to older adults, and will provide an opportunity for caregivers, seniors, and those seeking care for children or a loved one to connect with businesses and service providers. See details.


"Charting the Pathway Forward," the 5th Annual Maine Wisdom Summit, will take place on Sept. 12, at the Augusta Civic Center. The agenda includes examining ways to align and integrate formal and informal systems of care to better meet social, medical, behavioral and physical care needs, and identifying strategies to help seniors age in place. Learn more and register here.

Washington, D.C.

Congressional Stories of Family Caregiving will take place on Nov. 7, at the Reserve Officers Association, in Washington, D.C. The lunch briefing will highlight caregiving stories, including those of congressional members, in an effort to raise awareness of the need for action to support and assist family caregivers. See information.

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