September 2016                                                                      

 new fall training dates! 

AFA Membership Grants
Alzheimer's Foundation of America members have until Dec. 1 to apply for AFA Family Respite Care Grants.

See our latest research results, which were presented during the 2016 n4a conference in 
San Diego. 

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Lois Sheaffer
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Kelly Fitzgerald
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Earn Continuing Education Hours through our Train-the-Trainer and REST Companion courses. Click for an updated list of participating states
A REST Train-the-Trainer course will take place Oct. 12-13  at the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division, Las Vegas. See more
Congratulations to Susan Haas, executive director of Nevada Rural Counties RSVP, our REST Trainer of the Quarter!  Susan has been very active this summer, and has trained 40 REST Companions since becoming a trainer in May. Susan said that presenting the REST training in rural Nevada means so much to her, and she appreciates the opportunity to give others the tools they need to be healthy and successful caregivers. "It is important to form a care partnership, with the care recipient at the center of the relationship. The family, volunteers, health care professionals and the community all work together to provide for one another as part of the partnership. Early intervention is key in order to avoid burnout," she said.
Susan added, "By accepting help with your caregiving journey, the life you save may be your own. Take time to take care of yourself so you will be there to take care of your loved ones moving forward. REST is a tremendous resource for Nevadans and I encourage all caregivers to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity provided by the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division."
In addition, Susan published an Op-Ed in the Nevada Appeal  that described how the REST Program is making a positive impact on caregivers in the state, and how a series of REST Companion course events will take place on Sept. 28 in Parumph, and Oct. 20 in Carson City. Read the Op-Ed piece here
Approximately 30 participants completed a REST Companion course on Aug. 16. The training took place  through the Sanford Center for Aging at the University of Nevada, Reno, for volunteers from the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and Senior Outreach Services. To learn more about the Sanford Center, click here 
New York
New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition , in partnership with Ithaca College and the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center, will present a REST Train-the-Trainer course, Oct. 6-7, at Quail Summit, Canadaigua. Read more here

A REST Train-the-Trainer course will take place Oct.12-13 at Catholic Charities Older Adult Services in Buffalo. Click for more details

New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition has put out a Request for Proposals for mini grants for organizations and faith communities to create or expand volunteer respite programs. For more information
The New York State Caregiving & Respite Coalition Annual Conference  will take place Nov. 9 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, Albany. See conference details here 

A REST Train-the-Trainer course will take place Oct. 25-26  at the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, Southfield. Additional information here
Voice of Care, a service organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), will hold a workshop, "Set to Serve: Reaching the Differently-Abled for Christ,"  on Sept. 17 at St. John Lutheran Church, Rochester. The workshop introduces a range of disability ministry options congregations can provide, including short-term respite programs. See workshop details  

A REST Train-the-Trainer event will take place Nov. 3-4  at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, St. Paul.  Read more here 
The Southwest Initiative Foundation, Hutchinson , has awarded eight grants totaling $275,960 to fund innovative projects that address needs of adults 55 and older within the 18-county southwest Minnesota region. See full article
Minnesota Department of Human Services  provides respite grants for caregivers of children with severe mental health conditions.  See details

The Family Support Grant Program  provides grants to families of children with disabilities, with the goal of preventing or delaying out-of-home placement and promoting family health and wellbeing. Families can use the grant for a range of support services, including respite care, day care, specialized equipment and transportation. Learn more
A REST Train-the-Trainer course will take place Nov. 2-3 in Montgomery.   Read more
Eleven participants completed the four-hour REST Essentials course  on Aug. 24 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mobile
Two presentations will take place by respite professionals from Nebraska during the ARCH National Conference in Denver.  The first presentation, Elevating the Needs of Family Caregivers: Why Respite Should Be a Concern to Employers, will be conducted by Sharon Johnson, respite program coordinator, Children & Family Services, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services; Sarah Swanson, family support & outreach coordinator, Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI), Omaha, and Ellen Bennett, respite coordinator, Nebraska Respite Network, MMI. The second presentation, Nebraska Lifespan Respite Evaluation: A Multi-Year Approach and Preliminary Datawill be led by Sharon Johnson and Jolene Johnson of MMI.  See conference program here
The Munroe-Meyer Institute , Omaha, will hold a REST Companion training on Sept. 17. See more
Two REST Companion courses will take place on Sept. 10  at First United Methodist Church, Norfolk and at First Evangelical Free Church, Lincoln.
We will announce State and Trainer of the Year at a cocktail reception for REST Trainers at 5:30 p.m., Sept. 21 at The Yard House  during the National Lifespan Respite Conference in Denver. We invite attendees to stop by the REST exhibit table to pick up a VIP REST entry ticket. See invitation here
Elevate Respite! 17th National Lifespan Respite Conference will take place Sept. 20-22 in Denver . We invite attendees to stop by the REST exhibit table to learn more about how REST is building networks of support for caregivers throughout the nation.  More about conference here

Senior Companions in Tennessee received REST training this past June, and plan to hold another training in mid-September.

Registration is now open for the Tennessee Federation for the Aging's annual conference , "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow," which will take place Nov. 1-3 in Pigeon Forge.  Learn more
A REST Companion course will take place Nov. 4  at Oaklawn Center on Aging, Hot Springs. See details

A Suburban Life article described the wide range of caregiver services available through Metropolitan Family Services DuPage Center , including its In-Home Senior Respite Program that uses the REST program to train its volunteersClick to see article

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chicago Heights, holds a monthly respite drop-off program called SPACE  (St. Paul Adult Care Events) for aging adults and individuals with special needs. Volunteers undergo REST training by staff of Voice of Care, a service organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Attendees participate in activities, like movie night, combined with dinner, while their caregivers enjoy an evening off, know their loved ones are in good hands with volunteers who have been well trained.  Read more about this drop-off respite ministry

A Chicago Tribune article reported on recent activity of REST Program staff , presenting research at the n4A annual conference in San Diego, and conducting a REST Train-the-Trainer event in Maui.  Read more

The 48th Annual Governor's Conference on Aging will take place Sept. 13-15 in Billings , and will include more than 20 breakout sessions on such topics as healthy aging, guardianship issues, protecting elders from fraud and scams, Lifespan Respite and caregiving. The conference also will include a Kickoff Mini Walk to End Alzheimer's and an evening awards banquet to honor caregivers and direct-support programs.

Walk in the Park  - the largest awareness day of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis - will take place Oct. 1 at Busch Stadium. See event details

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