October 2018                                                               

The "Got an Hour? Give it Back" 
campaign helps attract volunteers to agencies that work with seniors. See information.

Interested in hosting a REST training?
REST is booking Train-the-Trainer events for 2019. See a current list of our courses.

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

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,


REST celebrates National Family Caregivers Month in November!

 Recognition and prizes available.
See contest details for Trainers.
See contest details for Companions

State Updates

A Train-the-Trainer event will take place on Oct. 16-17, at Daniels Fund, in Denver . See information.


Congratulations to Yolima Chambers and Maria Padilla, our REST Trainers of the Quarter! Centro Tyrone Guzman, the oldest multi-service Latine organization in Minneapolis, offers Companion workshops to caregivers, as well as community members who are affected by Alzheimer's disease. Each weekly session has REST training and a self-care component. The response from the community has been very positive; and at the end of the training, participants are ready to support caregivers in the community. See photos from a recent training course.

A Companion course took place on Sept. 27 , at the St. Cloud Public Library, through Rural Stearns Faith in Action. The organization is using the REST curriculum to further develop its Respite Care program, with the goal of serving more caregivers in the community.

Granite Falls Living At Home Block Nurse Program received an $18,044 grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging . The funds will support REST training, as well as other programs that support caregivers and those facing Alzheimer's and dementia. See information .

The Commission on Affairs of the Elderly will hold a Companion course on Oct. 12 and 15 , in Boston.

In honor of National Family Caregivers Month in November, Coastline Elderly Services will offer a presentation/book signing with Kelly McCarthy , local author of "Brass Ring Memoirs," which teaches simple communication and care strategies for individuals with memory challenges.

  New York
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.

A two-part Companion course will conclude on Oct. 6 , at Ulster County Vineyard Commons, Highland, through Jewish Family Services of Ulster County. The agency will offer another two-part Companion course, on  Oct. 20 and 27.  Learn more .

"Give Them a Break," a drop-off respite program through Faith in Action Steuben County, will host an open house on Oct. 18, at First Baptist Church, Hornell.  The free event includes lunch, a presentation and the opportunity to participate in activities. Hosted alternatively at two Hornell churches, "Give Them a Break" offers crafts, games, singing and other activities for seniors with dementia.  Learn more.

Paul's Place, a faith-based drop-off respite program, will begin serving the community on Oct. 18, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Penn Yan. Volunteers have undergone the REST course and are ready to provide companionship to those with a memory loss, while their caregivers take a much-needed break.  Paul's Place, an outreach mission of the Living Well, has become a reality thanks to a mini grant from the  New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition.  See a photo

Save the Date: "Illuminate Respite," the 2019 National Lifespan Respite Conference, takes place on April 30-May 2, in Buffalo. Register here.


"Caregivers are Shining Stars," a caregiver recognition luncheon, will take place on Nov. 14 , at the Atlantis Casino and Hotel, in Reno, through the Nevada Caregivers Coalition. The event will recognize the important role caregivers play in helping their care receivers remain at home. See details here.

Age and Dementia Friendly of Winnemucca and Humboldt County has developed a respite retreat program called WAM (Wellness, Art and Music). The two-hour program takes place twice a month and offers caregivers a break to run errands or head for appointments, while loved ones have an opportunity to engage in fun activities. WAM volunteers are trained in REST. The next Companion training is scheduled for Oct. 29. See course details.


"Solutions for Family Caregivers Expo" will take place on Oct. 13 , at Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi, through Area Agency on Aging 1-B. The day of support for family caregivers will include expert presentations, exhibitors, refreshments and respite care. See information.

Upper Peninsula Commission on Area Progress will hold a Companion course on Oct. 23 , at Marquette County Health Department, in Negaunee. Register here.


The Unicorn Foundation hosted a Companion course on Sept. 8 , at Unicorn Village Academy, in Boca Raton, training six individuals. See photos from the event. Since the training, three of the participants have started a Best Buddies Club at their high school. The REST training gave them the confidence to start the club, they said. 

Several Companion courses will take place in Palm Beach County this month. Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities will host a Companion course, on Oct. 19, at the Boca Raton Community Center. The Arc of Palm Beach County will hold a course on Oct. 27.

National Director of REST Lois Sheaffer will attend a Statewide Respite Conference on Nov. 15 , at Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter. The event will bring together caregivers and respite stakeholders from throughout the state to share creative strategies and discuss ways to improve respite care options in Florida. See information.


A REST Essentials training took place on Sept. 19, during the 2018 Aging and Adult Services Conference, at the Natchez Convention Center, through the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

New Jersey

National Director of REST Lois Sheaffer will present, "Caregiving is Bad for your Health - Let's Give Them a Break," at the 2018 National Caregivers Conference on Oct. 11 , at the Woodbridge Renaissance, Iselin. The conference, themed, "Health, Technology, and the Family Caregiver," will feature national speakers, workshops and exhibitors that address issues facing the caregiver community. In addition, exhibitors will showcase projects that use technology to improve the health and quality of life of caregivers and their loved ones. See information.


A Companion course took place on Sept. 8 , at the Northern Illinois District office of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, in Hillside, through Voice of Care, training seven individuals.


A Companion course took place on Sept. 17, 19 and 21 , in Decatur, through the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments (NARCOG). Those who completed the course can now provide respite through NARCOG's Senior Companions program.

A respite clinic took place on Oct. 3, in Opelika, through Alabama Lifespan Respite. Caregivers who attended learned about respite care, and how the agency can provide assistance. Details here.


The Arkansas Lifespan Respite Coalition  is conducting an updated Respite Needs Assessment Survey, to demonstrate the need for respite services in the state, and to assist in efforts to promote the development of a statewide respite and crisis care system. Click  here  to take the survey.


The 17th Annual Upper Cumberland Senior and Caregiver Expo will take place on Oct. 16 , at Life Church, in Cookeville, through the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability. Themed, "Engage at Every Age," the event will address caregiving of individuals from birth to older adults, and will provide an opportunity for caregivers, seniors, and those seeking care for children or a loved one to connect with businesses and service providers. See details.

Washington, D.C.

Congressional Stories of Family Caregiving will take place on Nov. 7 , at the Reserve Officers Association, in Washington, D.C. The lunch briefing will highlight caregiving stories, including those of congressional members, in an effort to raise awareness of the need for action to support and assist family caregivers. See information.

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