February 2017                                                                               www.restprogram.org
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REST celebrates 4th anniversary 
with 343 REST Trainers and 4,110 REST Companions in 25 states. Thank you for helping us achieve this milestone!  Together we are building networks of support for caregivers!  To learn more about our other accomplishments, click here to read our blog.
New York
The New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition will hold two Train-the-Trainer courses in February. A Feb. 16-17 event will take place at The Centers at St. Camillus, Syracuse.  A Feb. 27-28 event will take place at Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center, East Hills.  Both events are made possible through a grant from the New York State Office for the Aging. 

A REST Companion course will take place on Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 , at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville.  The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center, and the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition, are offering the event free of charge.  For details, click here.

Parma Baptist Community Church , Spencerport , uses the REST Companion course to train volunteers for the church's weekly "Be Our Guest" drop-off respite program, which provides activities, arts and crafts and lunch for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer's Association, Central New York Chapter was awarded a five-year, $7 million grant by the New York State Department of Health to expand caregiver support services in the region. In addition to supporting services already delivered by the Chapter, including care consultations, safety services, education programs and support groups, the grant provided resources to introduce two new services to the community:  family consultation services and respite services. Read more here .

The REST team looks forward to welcoming another representative from the state , who will travel to Chicago next month to take the Master Training course.

A Daily Herald article featured a REST Trainer who founded a day program for individuals with developmental disabilities. Joshua Tree Community, based at St. Mark's Church in Glen Ellyn, provides individuals age 22 and older with a wide range of activities, including outings, yoga, and service project opportunities, like stuffing envelopes at the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  Read more about the program here .

A REST Trainer and REST Companion were featured in a Daily Herald article about the Music and Memory program of the in-home respite program of Metropolitan Family Services DuPage. The article describes how listening to a personalized playlist has benefitted one care-receiver who has dementia. Read the entire article here .

Calvary Lutheran Church, Wood Dale , will hold a Valentine respite care event on Feb. 11 for individuals with special needs. To register, or learn more, click here.

REST has been selected to present research data at the 2017 Aging in America Conference , March 20-24, in Chicago. 

Korean Service Center , Minneapolis , will host a Companion course on Feb. 7.

A Companion course will take place on Feb. 24 , at the Waseca Public Library through Waseca Caregiver Services.   After completing the course, the REST Companions can then volunteer for "Some Time Away" - a weekly drop-off respite program for individuals with mild to moderate memory loss. The program takes place at Faith United Methodist Church, Waseca, and provides a variety of activities designed to promote social, intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Learn more here .

The REST team looks forward to welcoming three representatives from the state , who will travel to Chicago next month to take the Master Training course.

East Valley Family Services, Las Vegas, began to offer Companion trainings this month for members of the surrounding communities. East Valley Family Services offers a  Grandparent Respite Program, as well as many partnerships within faith-based communities.  
The Upper Peninsula Area Agency on Aging   (UPCAP) in Escanaba   will hold Companion courses on Feb. 7 and 16. The free event includes training materials, lunch and snacks. Those who complete the course can provide volunteer respite care throughout 15 counties, working with local veterans groups, churches and community organizations. Learn more here .
The REST team looks forward to welcoming a representative from the state , who will travel to Chicago next month to take the Master Training course.

A Train-the-Trainer course will take place March 29-30, at Elder Service of Worcester Area, Worcester.  To learn more, click here.

An article in the Vail Daily highlighted Alpine Area Agency on Aging and other organizations that provide caregiver resources in Eagle County, including financial assistance, respite and caregiver support groups. Read the article here .
Ten individuals will complete a REST Companion course this month through the Legacy Corps Veteran In-Home Respite Program through Spectrum Generations, Augusta. Through the program, REST Companions will serve veteran and military family caregivers, as well as assist with recreational activities, errands, transportation, light meal preparation and other duties.

The Alabama Lifespan Respite Network is piloting an interactive caregiver simulation for social work and special education students at local universities to raise awareness of the issue of caregiving and the need for respite.  While assigned to the role of caregiver or care recipient, students spend three days (each day represented by 15 minutes) in the life of a caregiver to see firsthand the daily struggles they face. The simulation includes opportunities for respite, allowing students to discuss how much easier accomplishing tasks is when the caregiver has a chance to be alone and recharge.
The Nebraska Respite Network has begun to utilize the REST Essentials online course for training many of their respite providers.  Nurses, social workers, therapists and other professionals can earn 1.5 Continuing Education hours upon completion of the course. 

REST Trainers have scheduled Companion courses for Feb. 27, at Saline Memorial Home Health and Hospice, Bryant.  Learn more here .

A Train-the-Trainer course will take place April 26-27, in Modesto. Read more here .

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