Working to insure that all caregivers receive the respite and support they need

Don't miss out on this great event - time is running out!
2017 NYSCRC Conference

"Understanding and Effectively Engaging Caregivers"
Desmond Hotel and Conference Center - Albany
660 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY  12211
(518) 869-8100
Reduced rate rooms available  - Code # 12M80C

Continuing Education Credits - Social Work
We are pleased to let you know that Continuing Education Units are available for attendees of this conference for social workers. Please email the conference coordinator for more information.  
(3) CEU's for Caregiver Simulation October 2  (Limited to 75 participants)
(5.5) CEU's for Conference October 3

Lifespan of Greater Rochester SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0089.

Monday October 2nd -
Caregiver Simulation Experience 1 - 4 pm. 

What better way to understand caregivers, than to spend a few hours in their shoes. This active simulation allows participants to experience a fraction of the challenges caregivers face, day in and day out. Each participant will be assigned a role, and will have tasks, dilemmas and opportunities to navigate throughout the afternoon. We believe that this experience can develop empathy for caregivers, care receivers and agencies who are involved along the way. We invite you to join us in this simulation as a way of better understanding caregivers, so that we may then effectively engage them. Below are just a few of the reviews from participants at the Caregiving Simulation:

Tuesday October 3rd

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. Larry Force
Professor Force, a gerontologist, has worked in the field of aging and disabilities for over 30 years as an administrator, clinician and educator. Dr. Force is a professor of psychology and the director of the Center on Aging and Policy at Mount Saint Mary College. Professor Forice has authored and collaborated on books, articles, chapters, monographs and technical reports that address topics of aging policy, development of aging coalitions with AAA's, life long disabilities, community based programs for individuals with specialized needs, adult day services, Alzheimer's disease, family caregiving and end-of-life care.

Melnie Funchess

Ms. Melanie Funchess is currently employed by the Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County where she serves as the Director of Community Engagement. She is also involved in several community based coalitions and organizations such as the African American Leadership Development Program, African American Health Coalition, Black Women's Leadership Forum, Greater Rochester Parent Leadership Training Institute, the Mental Health Promotion Task Force, and the Neighborhood Consortium for Youth Justice. She is a founding member of the Coalition for the Beloved Community. The Coalition's mission is to serve as a "countywide movement to build a culture of peace; grounded in dignity and fed by hope".

Additional Speakers:
NYS Council on Children and Families-  Cross Systems website demonstration
Bill Przylucki-Director, Collaborative Solutions and Robin Miller, Webmaster will demonstrate the power of this new web resource.
REST - Lois Sheaffer, Director, will discuss the national REST movement and Doris Green will be providing an update on the New York initiative.
Ken Hamilton Caregiver Center - Marian Hamilton, Founder, will share her powerful story of how this incredible resource grew from her personal experience. Marian will be joined by Jerri Rosenfeld, Director and Jill Gottlieb, Replication Coordinator to discuss the replication of the program in other hospitals.

Learn about REST
Four Training Opportunities Scheduled!

REST trainings are offered at no cost to organizations interested in providing respite for caregivers through community-based volunteer programs.  NYSCRC is funded with a federal grant for Lifespan Respite awarded by the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living to the New York State Office for the Aging.
Statewide trainings are being generously supported through the New York State Office of the Aging, AANYS and LiveOn NY. This funding is time limited.
REST trainings are also funded by The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center/University of Rochester Medical Center to the following counties: Allegany, Cayuga ,Tioga, Tompkins, Cortland, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.  
Any organization, person or faith community in the state can access Train-the-Trainer programs as a way to provide evidenced informed training for volunteer respite programs.
REST Train the Trainer Opportunities
register at
Erie County - September 7-8           registration closed
Ulster County - September 13-14   registration deadline - 9/4/17
Franklin County -October 16-17     registration deadline 10/6/17
Albany County - October 18-19      registration deadline 10/9/17


"Shining the Light on Elder Abuse"

A Statewide Elder Abuse Prevention Effort

Elder abuse, neglect and exploitation are largely hidden, shrouded in secrecy and shame. Older adults are often reluctant to reveal incidents of abuse, particularly when the abuser is a family member. Adding to the problem, many health care, law enforcement, financial and aging service professionals often do not understand or recognize elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. When they do recognize the problem, they often do not know where to turn for help. The NYS Elder Abuse Coalition is a multidisciplinary, statewide network of over 1,900 individuals, organizations and government agencies working together to protect older adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Upcoming Events
Virtual Dementia Tour for Caregivers in Ulster County
September 8th and 25th  event details

Webinar - Thursday September 14th 12:00 - 1:30

"Involving and Supporting Family Caregivers in Care Planning and Delivery"
This webinar is intended for a wide range of stakeholders - physicians, nurses, social workers, care managers, family caregivers, staff at social service agencies, Medicare-Medicaid plans, Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs), managed long-term services and supports programs, and consumer organizations.
 Read description and CME/CE credit information

Dementia Capable Care for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia - September 18th - 25th
31st Annual Conference Spanning the Continuum of Care: Innovations in Geriatric Health Practice
Presented by the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (FLGEC)
Friday September 29, 2017
Time : 7:30am - 4:00pm
Location : Monroe Community Hospital, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620  


Friday November 3rd - Kingston
10th Annual Circles of Caring-Aging and Caregiver Conference:
"Detoxifying the Caregiver" with Keynote: Dr. Larry Force.
Best Western Hotel and Conference Center 

Friday November 17TH - Poughkeepsie
13th Annual Caregiver Conference
"Hats off to Caregivers" Event Flier

National Lifespan Respite Conference,  October 11-13 in Huntsville, Alabama 


Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults - an on line learning tool developed by the Administration for Community Living on Aging. The tool is intended for ling term care and other aging service providers as an introduction to LGBT aging.


  ARCH National Respite video

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