"Understanding and Effectively Engaging Caregivers"

This is two-part conference begins  with a half-day Caregiver Simulation followed by a full-day conference. We look forward to your participation in this exciting event!

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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. 

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, 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.


Ms. Melanie Funchess is currently employed by the Mental Health Association of Western NY, 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”.Write here...

Jerri Rosenfeld, Director - Marian Hamilton, Founder - Jill Gotleib, Replication Coordinator

Jerri Rosenfeld, Director - Marian Hamilton, Founder - Jill Gotleib, Replication Coordinator

Ken Hamilton Caregiver Center - Northern Westchester Hospital

The Center offers a friendly and tranquil atmosphere where caregivers can come for respite or meet with a social worker or caregiver coach for individual support.  Come and hear Marian's amazing story and learn about the incredible Caregiver Program and Northern Westchester.  The staff at KHCC have assisted numerous healthcare institutions in replicating this successful caregiver support model.

Additional Speakers

NYS Council on Children and Families-  Cross Systems website demonstration

Bill Przylucki-Director, Collaborative Solutions and Robin Miller, Webmaster will demonstrate the power of this new web resource.

"Mobile first" and "Built to Grow," is hosted and maintained by the NYS Council of Children and Families (CCF) and built with funds from the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). Participants will gain background information on why and how this information resource was developed, see a live demonstration of the NYS Multiple Systems Navigator to learn more about accessing helpful human service, health, education, disabilities and additional valuable information on one user-friendly website, learn how to submit news, notes and events for potential inclusion on the site.

The Multiple Systems Navigator is built primarily for youth, parents, family members and caregivers that rely on supports from multiple child, family and disabilities serving systems and is an increasingly useful tool for finding health, education, human service and disability programs/services and resources. A goal of the NYS Multiple Systems Navigator is to improve efficacy and reduce frustration when information about cross-systems services is needed

REST - National Director from Marklund Corp.

NYSCRC is committed to building a volunteer a volunteer respite workforce throughout the state using REST.

Lois Sheaffer will present the National Perspective and provide an overview of the national movement. 
Doris Green, NYSCRC Director will provide an update on the Statewide initiative!

REST Trainer reception following the Caregiver Simulation 5:00 - 7:00 - Come and feel the energy and passion that Lois exudes for REST!

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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.