SAVE THE DATES - October 2-3, 2017

NYSCRC will hold an expanded version of the annual conference.

Join us on October 2, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm for an interactive Caregiver Simulation experience. This unique and exciting opportunity allows participants to experience the challenges of providing care to a loved one while negotiating the realities of daily life. Stay tuned for more information.

October 3 will be a day-long session focusing on understanding the caregiver experience and exploring ways in which we can more effectively reach and assist caregivers in their critically important role.

Keynote Speakers

             Dr. Larry Force

             Dr. Larry Force

Professor Force, a gerontologist, has worked in the field of aging and disabilities for over 30 years as an administrator, clinician and educator. Dr. Force is a professor of psychology and the director of the Center on Aging and Policy at Mount Saint Mary College. Professor has authored and collaborated on books, articles, chapters, monographs and technical reports that address topics of aging policy, development of aging coalitions with AAA's, life long disabilities, community based programs for individuals with specialized needs, adult day services, Alzheimer's disease, family caregiving and end-of-life care.


                                                                                     Melanie Funchess

Ms. Melanie Funchess is currently employed by the Mental Health Association where she serves as the Director of Community Engagement. She is also involved in several community based coalitions and organizations such as the African American Leadership Development Program, African American Health Coalition, Black Women’s Leadership Forum, Greater Rochester Parent Leadership Training Institute, the Mental Health Promotion Task Force, and the Neighborhood Consortium for Youth Justice. She is a founding member of the Coalition for the Beloved Community. The Coalition’s mission is to serve as a “countywide movement to build a culture of peace; grounded in dignity and fed by hope”.

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National Respite Conference

The 18th National Lifespan Respite Conference is hosted by Alabama Lifespan Respite in collaboration with the ARCH National Respite Network, and will be held in Huntsville, AL, October 11-13, 2017. The conference theme, Take Off with Respite!reflects the incredible history of the space industry in Huntsville, AL, also known as Rocket City USA. It also reflects the mission of the respite care network - to rise to meet challenges, heighten awareness, and push innovation to ensure a safe landing for the nation's 43 million family caregivers.