December 2017                                                               

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Continue to support caregivers - give the gift of time in December

We are so excited to see all of the activities that took place during National Family Caregivers Month!  REST Trainers held courses and our REST Companions served many caregivers during the month of November!  Let's keep the support rolling!  REST is booking training events for 2018.  Contact Lois Sheaffer for more details:
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State Updates
The Minnesota Department of Human Services  held REST training events in November to commemorate National Family Caregivers Month. Among them: a Train-the-Trainer course took place on Nov. 15-16, in St. Paul, training 25 individuals.
A Wadena Pioneer Journal article featured Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota's Caregiver Respite program , which is seeking volunteers to provide respite for caregivers in rural Minnesota. See the article for more details.

The Lao Advancement Organization of America (L.A.O. America) , Minneapolis , recently held a Companion course, training 20 individuals. The mission of L.A.O. America is to give Lao families in Minnesota , and in the U.S., the tools they need to succeed in their new homeland, and to be an advocate for providing education, employment, and economic opportunity for Lao people at all stages of life.

Northwoods Caregivers, Bemidji, will hold a Caregiver Conference on Dec. 9 . The event will include breakfast and lunch, and the opportunity to meet professionals and other caregivers.  Click for more details.

A Train-the-Trainer event will take place in January 2018 , in Las Vegas, through Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division .  
A Train-the-Trainer event will take place on Jan. 30-31 , in Jackson. 

A Train-the-Trainer event will take place on Jan. 9-10 , at Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach. Limited scholarships are available.  Register now.

Two Companion courses will take place in December and January, through the Upper Peninsula Commission on Area Progress (UPCAP):  on Dec. 6 and 13 , at Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice, Marquette,  and on Jan. 8 and 9 , at Copper Country Mental Health Institute, Houghton.
New York
The New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition currently offers Caregiver Simulation events for communities throughout the state. The simulation allows participants to develop empathy for caregivers by experiencing a fraction of the challenges they face, day in and day out, through an assigned a role, with tasks, dilemmas and opportunities to navigate throughout the session. Learn more here .
A National Family Caregivers Month celebration took place on Nov. 6 , at New York University Langone Medical Center, through the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program . The event included a concert, and information on memory loss, caregiving and Alzheimer's disease.

The Rome Sentinel reported that the state of New York won the REST Vision Award for achieving REST's vision of "creating an international network of organizations that prepares individuals to support caregivers through respite."  REST staff members recognized the efforts of Trainers and Companions throughout the state during a REST Trainer reception, which took place in October during the Lifespan Respite Conference in Huntsville, Ala.  See the article .

A small group completed a Companion course in October, through Na Hoaloha , Maui . Na Hoaloha, a community-driven volunteer organization, provides a variety of essential services to help seniors remain independent for as long as possible.  Services include:  transportation, friendly visits, telephone reassurance, and respite care.

The Western Arizona Council of Governments has six Caregiver Resource Zone locations , which offer  information on Alzheimer's disease, nutrition, caregiver self-care and much more. A computer also is available to look up resources and watch videos on the subject of caregiving.  See more information
Nearly 300 people attended the Alzheimer's Family Center (AFC) first Healthy Brain Fair, on Nov. 4 , in Huntington Beach, with one-third of them taking advantage of AFC's free memory screenings. Read more in a Daily Telescope article .

Sharing the Care, a community initiative of Alabama Lifespan Respite Resource Network, recently held a meeting at the North Shelby Library to plan on how to best support family caregivers in Jefferson and Shelby counties. The goal of Sharing the Care is to strengthen and support caregivers by increasing the availability and accessibility of respite resources. Activities include public awareness, training, technical assistance and resource development. See more information .
The Montana Lifespan Respite Coalition and the Department of Public Health and Human Services has encouraged Montanans to recognize the vital service that caregivers in Montana provide, in commemoration of National Family Caregivers Month.  Montana has 118,000 family caregivers who provide unpaid care, estimated at $1.43 billion per year. Read article for more information.
"Giving Thanks to Caregivers," took place on Nov. 28, at The Temple Church, Nashville , and included pampering activities, brunch and a guest speaker. The annual event, hosted by the Tennessee Respite Coalition , recognized family caregivers and commemorated National Family Caregivers Month.

NewsChannel 5, Nashville , recently reported on how respite care, provided through the Tennessee Respite Coalition, has benefited a caregiver.  See the clip, " Caring for Caretakers ."

A Public News Service article featured REST Trainer Suzy Campbell, who recently spoke at a ceremony in Lincoln, to commemorate National Family Caregivers Month . About 195,000 caregivers in Nebraska provide nearly $2.5 billion worth of unpaid care, according to the article. Campbell said rising demand and smaller families will mean a drastic decline in the availability of family caregivers in coming years.  Read the article for more details.

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