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November is National Family 
Caregivers Month
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We are excited to announce a new challenge for our trainers, in honor of National Family Caregiver Month.  
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Congratulations to Andi Graham - our Trainer of the Quarter!   As owner and general manager of Legacy Home Care in Las Vegas, Andi has a passion for providing her clients with quality companionship and in-home care. 

Since October 2016, Legacy has used the REST program to train all paid caregivers. "We use REST as an additional resource to help our staff get to know our clients, and better understand their medical situations," Andi said.

Andi appreciates the additional credentials that REST provides. "It shows we go above and beyond the state's requirement to provide knowledgeable supervisors and caregivers," she said. "We are very proud to be associated with such a great organization. In fact, our franchise coach is so excited about the program, she's looking at using REST in her state."

Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division will offer a Train-the-Trainer course on Nov. 2-3, in Reno. See  details .
The Nevada Rural Counties Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Inc . (RSVP) received funding for its Respite Care Program, from the State of Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division and Fund for a Healthy Nevada. The program serves caregivers of seniors and adults with disabilities, and is part of RSVP's Independent Living Program, which helps low-income homebound seniors, veterans and caregivers remain independent and in their own homes for as long as possible. See article for more information.

A Companion course will take place on Sept. 19, through CREST , a non-profit organization based in Fairmont, whose mission is to help the aging population lead healthy and active lives. Among the services CREST provides:  support groups, healthy aging classes, individual counseling, transportation, and light housework.

To commemorate National Family Caregivers Month , the Minnesota Department of Human Services  will hold a Companion course on Nov. 7, and a Train-the-Trainer event on Nov. 8-9, in St. Paul.

New York
A Train-the-Trainer course took place on Aug. 9-10 , at  LiveOn NY , training 13 individuals. See their photo here .
The New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition  has several Train-the-Trainer courses planned in September and October:  Sept. 7-8, at  Town Square for Aging, Getzville , Sept. 13-14, at  Jewish Family Services of Ulster County , Oct. 16-17, at Community Connections of Franklin County, Malone, and Oct. 18-19, at Albany Guardian Society

The  2017 New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition (NYSCRC) Conference  - themed "Understanding and Effectively Engaging Caregivers" - will take place  on Oct. 2-3, in Albany.   During the conference we will make a presentation on REST's latest research findings, and how REST is making a positive impact across the nation.  The event  also will include an interactive caregiver simulation. Download the NYSCRC conference agenda, and register here . View an invitation letter, conference flyer and registration form here
Five individuals completed the REST Essentials class on Aug. 3-4 , through Broome County Yesteryears . The social day program has volunteers ranging in age, from 12 to 75. Additional REST Essentials and Companion class offerings are scheduled this month.

Thirteen in-home health agency staff took the REST Companion training course on Aug. 24 , in Iron Mountain, through Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP).

UPCAP will conduct two Companion trainings this month : on Sept. 14 and 21, in Marquette, and on Sept. 21 and 22, in Houghton

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Modesto , held a Companion course on Aug. 12 , training 17 individuals to provide respite care to the growing number of parishioners who need help at home.
A Companion course will take place on Sept. 13 , in Mohave County, through Western Arizona Council of Governments .
Washington, D.C.
Kadamba Tree Foundation will host a Companion course on Sept. 11 , through the D.C. Office on Aging .
Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is recruiting trainers to attend its Lunch & Learn workshops , and encouraging them to incorporate the information they learn into their existing programs. Workshops will take place on Sept. 9, at the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging, Little Rock, Ark., as well as on Oct. 14, in Fort Wayne, Ind.  Four additional workshops will take place in Texas and New York, throughout 2017 and 2018. Entitled Family Caregivers Matter: Shared Decision Making for Family Caregivers, the events will include such topics as caregiving tools, creating patient and family centered goals, and shared decision-making. More information here .

REST will exhibit at the Alzheimer's Association's Third Annual Research Symposium on Nov. 2 , at the Swissotel Chicago. Learn more and register here .

REST staff will exhibit and offer the REST Essentials course during the second annual National Caregiving Conference, Nov. 10-11 , at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare, Chicago. The conference - themed "Our Boldest Hours: Before. During. After." - will draw caregivers, professionals, and those interested in caregiving issues. Register for the event  here .
A Companion course will take place through HEARTful Caregivers Inc. The mission of this organization is to provide caregivers of older adults in the Pikes Peak region with information about health and education opportunities, assistance, resources and training, thereby supporting them in their caregiving tasks.

A Train-the-Trainer course will take place on Jan. 9-10 , at Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, in Boynton Beach. More information here.

We are looking forward to presenting REST's latest research findings on Oct. 11-12, during the 2017 National Lifespan Respite Conference , in Huntsville.
During the National Lifespan Respite Conference,  Alabama Lifespan Respite  will present components of creating and implementing a Caregiver Simulation, allowing attendees to see firsthand the daily struggles caregivers and care recipients face, and how respite can make a positive impact.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Lee-Russell Aging Foundation , enabling it to provide respite care for more caregivers, while also providing case management, education, counseling, and information and assistance. Read the article .
Four REST Companions were trained on Aug. 22 , through Spectrum Generations , based in Augusta.
BayPath Elder Services , Marlborough, has begun to recruit volunteers to assist caregivers through their respite program, and will hold a Companion course this fall.
Registration is open for a Train-the-Trainer course, taking place on Oct. 25-26, in Lander .  Learn  more .
The Tennessee Respite Coalition received a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to provide episodic respite for those with paralysis.  The Coalition will use the REST Essentials online course to train respite providers, unless they already have had formal respite training.


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