August 2018                                                               

Proposals are being accepted until Sept. 1 , for "Illuminate Respite," the 2019 National Lifespan Respite Conference,  April 30-May 2, in Buffalo, N.Y. Click for application form.

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

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,


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. Click here for contest details.

State Updates

Registration closing soon.  Our next Train-the-Trainer event will take place on Aug. 28-29, at the Alzheimer's Association, Mass./N.H. Chapter, in Waltham, through the Massachusetts Council on Aging.  Click here to register.
A Companion course took place on July 27 , at the Uphams Corner Branch Library, in Dorchester. The event was funded through a grant given to the library by the City Wide-Friends of the Boston Public Library, to educate and provide tools to individuals providing respite to caregivers.


The 23rd Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo will take place on Aug. 21-22 , at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center, Oak Brook Terrace. "Discover the Sweeter Side of Aging" will include entertainment, educational seminars and health and wellness screenings. See details.

In addition, REST will have an information booth at the caregiver seminar , which will take place at 6 p.m., on Aug. 21, at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center, through the Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois. Learn more

Voice of Care's Mile for Mileage Challenge will take place on Aug. 18, at Castaldo Park, Woodridge. The fundraiser includes a live sing-a-long, lunch and a hat or T-shirt. For details and to register, click here.

Would you like your program to offer Continuing Education credits? The Continuing Education Institute of Illinois (CEII) works with you to assure that unique, meaningful education is accessible to nurses, therapists, social workers, counselors, and other health professionals, in a variety of formats including lunch-and-learns, half or full-day workshops, conferences and webinars.   Click  here to learn more.

The Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program held several Companion courses last month in Pahrump, Tonopah, Caliente and Ely.

Nevada Senior Services , Las Vegas, recently held a Companion course , training four individuals. The organization offers adult day centers, caregiver support groups, case management, and other services to older adults.

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

Seven new Companions were recently trained in L'Anse, in June, through the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP). Those who completed the course were high school students, interested in going into the healthcare field.

UPCAP and the Superior Alliance for Independent Living have joined forces to create a strong Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). ADRC programs strive to empower individuals to make informed choices and to streamline access to long-term care supports, including a variety of in-home, community-based, and institutional services and programs. See more information.


The Unicorn Children's Foundation , Boca Raton, continues to use the REST curriculum for its respite program. See a video that shows how the program is benefiting families.

Twenty individuals recently completed a Companion course at Grandma's Place . The organization provides shelter and care to children who have suffered abuse or neglect and have been removed from their homes; and provides supports to parents/caregivers of children with special needs to maximize each child's safety and success.

New York

A Companion course will take place on Aug. 11, at Pinnacle Lutheran Church, Rochester. See details.

A two-part Companion course will take place on Aug. 22 and 29, at Gardiner Library, Gardiner, through Jewish Family Services of Ulster County. See more information.

The New York State 2018 Lifespan Respite Sustainability Summit will take place on Oct. 18 , at the Hearst Media Center, Albany. The event will allow policymakers, researchers, family caregivers and statewide partners to connect and exchange knowledge and expertise, leading to the development of a statewide strategy for strengthening the respite-care system. See information.


The Minnesota Department of Human Services has launched the state's first online job portal, called Direct Support Connect. It connects people who need assistance with such tasks as bathing, dressing and preparing meals, with caregivers who are looking for work. Learn more here.


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 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.


Two respite clinics will take place on Sept. 6, in Mobile, and on Sept. 7, in Robertsdale . Caregivers who attend will learn more how Alabama Lifespan Respite can provide assistance. Details here.


After a two-year process, the California Task Force on Family Caregiving has submitted seven recommendations to the state legislature to address the challenges encountered by California's 4.5 million family caregivers . Among the recommendations: increasing access to affordable caregiver services and supports, including respite care. Read the full report here.


The Relative Caregiver Program, of the Upper Cumberland Development District, offers support services and resources to relatives raising relative children whose biological parents are no longer able to do so. Services include monthly support groups, enrichment activities, emergency financial support, and case management. The program is designed to strengthen the family and enable the child/children to remain in the relative caregiver home. See more information.


Healthy Living for ME - a partnership between Spectrum Generations, Seniors Plus, and Aroostook Agency on Aging - recently received an $840,000, three-year grant from the Administration on Community Living. The grant will support the expansion and sustainability of a statewide network of workshops, designed to help adults better manage chronic health issues, such as high blood pressure, chronic pain, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, and diabetes. Learn more.

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