April  2016                                                                                www.restprogram.org

REST will hold a workshop, "Short Breaks, Big Impact, during the n4a Answers on Aging 41st annual conference and trade show, July 25, in San Diego. Read more here 

   The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds critical services, including those that support caregivers. Contact your representative, telling them to back the reauthorization of OAA. Learn how you can get involved

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Kelly Fitzgerald, REST Trainer Development Manager, at 
630-397-5658 or kfitzgerald@restprogram.org

Wendy Berk, REST Program Analyst, 
at  630-397-5659 or  wberk@restprogram.org

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REST Around the Nation 
highlights the latest developments taking place nationwide to create a trained respite workforce.
REST Train-the-Trainer event takes place July 27-28 in Maui.  The event is sponsored by Nā Hoaloha -"loving friend" - a community-based volunteer organization that serves the aging population in Maui County.  Nā Hoaloha provides support to seniors and persons with disabilities to enable them to live independently and enhance their quality of life. Its programs include an In-home Respite Program, which allows a family caregiver the opportunity for relief.   For more information

REST presentations continue.  Two REST Trainers will make a presentation at the 2016 Alabama Gerontological Society conference, April 15, in Birmingham. The conference will draw  individuals, service providers, educators, policy makers, and others who work in the field of aging.   Click here to learn more

The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition will conduct two REST Companion classes in April, with more training events scheduled in 2016.     Read more here 

Washington, DC
REST presented research at the national 2016 Aging in America Conference, March 24. The 60-minute session covered recent findings that show the effectiveness of the REST program in preparing individuals to feel confident in providing quality respite to families. Those in attendance included representatives from agencies around the country that serve older adults and provide programs and services designed to enhance their quality of life.     Click for additional information

A REST Companion training takes place April 16 in Naperville. The event is funded by the City of Naperville Social Services Grant, and sponsored by Metropolitan Family Services In-Home Senior Respite Program, and the Respite Endowment Organization. To find out more 

A REST Companion, trained by Metropolitan Family Services In-Home Senior Respite Program, was featured in local media. Article highlights how weekly visits allow caregiver to enjoy free time.  See article here 

REST Train-the-Trainer courses continue in Chicago area.  For more information, click here 
Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, in conjunction with the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, will host a REST Train-the-Trainer event, May 10-11, at the University of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension in Carson City.  Find more details 
REST Companion course offered.  The free training prepares individuals to provide respite care for people with disabilities.  To learn how to get involved, click here 

The Tennessee Respite Coalition will hold an event on April 26 in Nashville to raise awareness and funds for family caregivers living in the state.    Click for more information

Two REST Trainers from the Tennessee Respite Coalition made a presentation on the REST program at the Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service Learning, which took place Feb. 28-March 1.   See additional information
The North Central-Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging has three REST trainings scheduled for 2016. The agency offers an array of caregiver support services, including respite, caregiving seminars and a caregiver support group.  Find out more here 
REST Companion highlights need for respite care in Boston Globe letter to editor, "Respite can make all the difference in providing care"   Click here to read 
The Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association offers respite care for foster, adoptive and kinship parents and children. Learn more  
Jewish Family Services of Southwest Florida Dementia Respite Program received $50,000 under the state budget, recently approved by the Florida Legislature.   Read the article


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