This is the first in a series of three posts.
2nd post in this series: Robin Hood Redux: MLRC Care Conference 2015: Morning
3rd post in this series: Robin Hood Redux: MLRC Care Conference 2015: Workshops
80% of long-term-care services in the USA are provided by (often unpaid) family caregivers. Many in this population do not have access to the latest and greatest conference presentations due to barriers financial, geographical, physical, or otherwise. As part of my spiritual practice, social justice activism, and personal healing, after conferences, I write an edited summary of my best experiences and learnings for people who did not attend. Let there be light!
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About the Conference
Who Organized: Mass Lifespan Respite Coalition (visit: http://massrespite.org)
Who Attended (primary audience): Family Caregivers living in Massachusetts, USA (parents, siblings, and adult children caring for children and adults with illness and disability, such as: Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Autism, Developmental Disability, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Parkinson’s, MS…)
What: 3rd Annual CARE (Connecting and Advocating Respite for Everyone) Conference – A Day Conference for Family Caregivers to learn more about respite (a short break from 24/7 caregiving) options, and receive general support (included continental breakfast and buffet lunch).
Where: Marlboro, MA, USA at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel
When: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Why: Federal and state governments have recently recognized the growing needs for family caregivers to receive respite support, given they represent 80% of long-term-care providers in the USA. Respite Coalitions now exist in many states across the USA to be a single source for respite support information and advocacy. To learn more if there is a respite coalition in your state, contact the Executive Elder Services and Disability office in your state office.
Participant Cost to Attend Conference: $25.00