Dementia Awareness, Nevada Day Carnival and More!
RSVP aims to increase dementia awareness in Carson City

A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia is underway with the support of RSVP.
 
RSVP is hosting a FREE ‘Dementia Friends’ & Alzheimer’s Information Session on October 31, 2018 and is looking for local people to join in learning about dementia and helping people who are living with it in our community. From telling friends about the program to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
 
The session will take place at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension - 2621 Northgate Ln, Suite 15, Carson City, 9:30am – 11am. Following the ‘Dementia Friends’ Session, the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada will present “ Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors”, from 11am – noon. This Session will provide practical information and resources to help dementia caregivers learn to decipher behaviors and determine how best to respond. The program offers a four-step process to follow and provides details that may be applied to any behavior.
 
To reserve your seat contact Sandy Severance, at: sseverance@nvrsvp.com or (775) 687-4680 x6. Space is limited. The training is broadcast to various locations in rural Nevada.  Coffee, water, and light refreshments served.

To learn more about Dementia Friends visit: Dementia Friends
Nevada Day Carnival is Just Around the Corner!

RSVP presents the 33 rd Annual Nevada Day Carnival and Celebration, Thursday, Oct. 25 th – Sunday, Oct. 28 th at Mills Park in Carson City. The Carnival kicks off Thursday evening from 5-9pm where all rides are JUST one dollar – courtesy of Carson City Toyota. Then the Carnival continues through the weekend from 1-9pm, Friday and Saturday, and 1-8pm on Sunday.  
 
Visit the RSVP Booth and get your $5 Off Discount Coupon! For more info. contact Anita Moreno, RSVP Fair Manager, at 775-687-4680, x7.
RSVP IS A PROUD PARTNER IN THE FIGHT TO END ALZHEIMER’S

RSVP staff and volunteers joined the Walk to End Alzheimer's in September - coming together with countless others to join the fight against the disease and raise awareness for Alzheimer's care, support and research.
 
RSVP partners with the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Nevada (AANN) – offering referrals for caregivers to participate in trainings on the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia, communication strategies, management of dementia behavior, and guidance on how to help with the activities of daily living for persons with dementia and relationship-based care. AANN provides information and referral for the family caregivers who are receiving respite care through RSVP’s Respite Care Program. 

To learn more visit: Alzheimer's Assoc.

Pictured L-R: Rudy Moreno, Anita Moreno (RSVP Transportation Coordinator and Fair Manager), and Oscar Garcia
VOLUNTEER SEMINAR HIGHLIGHTS

RSVP was pleased to present a 2-day Seminar sponsored by the NV Energy Foundation; “We’re All In This Together”, which was held Sep. 12-13, helping to educate, engage and empower volunteers. 

The Event began with a Color Guard Presentation, followed by a line-up of excellent speakers who presented valuable information including Dementia Friendly Nevada, Transportation Connectivity, Elder Abuse, End Alzheimer’s by 2025, Lifespan Service Support, Sanford Center Geriatric Assessment Center, Veteran Suicide Prevention, and United Way Resource Connections such as: Nevada 2-1-1 and Familywize free discount cards.     

Pictured: Jennifer Carson, Ph.D., Director, Gerontology Academic Program
Dementia Friendly Nevada
Dementia Friendly Elko presented on October 25 th

Dementia Friendly Elko will present its respite programs for caregivers and long-term care residents, along with other programs and information at a community outreach event on Oct. 25th, 1-3 p.m., at the G Three Bar Theater at the Western Folklife Cent er in Elko.

The event will help the community learn more about the community-based initiative, reveal findings from a recent dementia community needs survey, educate the community about the disease and the effect it has on the community, and sign up volunteers for programs that offer support for caregivers.

“The Dementia Friendly event is a way to let people know that people living with dementia are still people, and they still have so much to share. Some of the ways the public can get involved are through volunteering for programs such as Friends Day Out and Java Music Club, or as office assistants. An approximate 10-hour commitment per week is required. Those interested in volunteering will learn how to partner with families who are currently caring for someone, providing training, orientation and support tools that will give confidence to the volunteer in coming alongside a caregiver and care recipient”, said Susan Haas, RSVP Executive Director & C.E.O.

For link to full article please visit: RSVP calls for volunteers

Pictured L-R: Stephanie, Marlea and Janice (who serves as an RSVP volunteer caregiver)
RSVP Welcomes MJ as the new Hawthorne Field Rep!

RSVP is thrilled to welcome MJ Dykxhoorn to its team of Field Representatives. MJ is based in Hawthorne and will serve the Mineral County area - providing leadership with volunteer programs to help seniors, veterans and persons with disabilities remain independent and in their own homes with dignity. RSVP’s lifesaving services delivered by volunteers include transportation, Veterans services, respite care, personal emergency response systems and more. 
 
To wish MJ a warm welcome or learn how you can get involved – send an email to: hawthorne@nvrsvp.com.  
Save The Dates!

Annual Volunteer Recognition Christmas & Holiday Celebration
RSVP Volunteers will enjoy great company, good food, music, and raffle prizes
Friday, December 14, 2018 
11am – 2pm
Carson Nugget, Second Floor Ballroom

Reaching For Zero
A Veteran Appreciation and Veteran Suicide Awareness Brunch
Saturday, January 19, 2019
10am – 1pm
Location to be announced
Mission Statement

Nevada Rural Counties RSVP program, Inc. (RSVP) is dedicated to helping frail, homebound, and low-income seniors remain independent by providing high quality programs which allow them to stay in their homes with dignity. 

Additionally, RSVP coordinates a volunteer network of seniors who use their skills and talents to provide support to community agencies and address community needs through service.