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Respite in the News

November is National Family Caregiver Month and one of the best ways to get the word out about respite is through the media. The TRC's Senior Companions Program was featured by Natasha Senjanovic on 90.3 WPLN FM Nashville Public Radio and by Amy Watson on News Channel 5 Nashville.

Check them out here:

There’s A Group In Nashville Looking To Give More Caregivers A Break, Free Of Charge

Respite Coalition Gives Relief To Caretakers…

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Caregiver Stress & Coping

This great information was put together by Tracy Buckles, Health Promotion Specialist at the First Tennessee Area Agency on Aging and Disability. If you have questions about this information or services offered by First Tennessee, you can reach her at 423-722-5109 or check out their website at

If you are not sure what AAAD organization serves your community, look that up at

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Hack for Caregivers


On October 13th and 14th, a group of 7 volunteers gathered to give their time and talent to the TRC. We tasked them with helping us become more efficient by better using the tools we have in place. From this 36 hour adventure, the TRC now has an online application form that caregivers can complete before contacting the office.

Check out the results here: We are here to help!

Here is the process logic we developed for the project:

And check out the podcast from TRC Executive Director Jennifer Abernathy and Hack Project Manager MarySue Moore:

Thank you HCA Foundation and all the event sponsors for the opportunity to further our mission to serve family caregivers with respite!

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Commemorate Military Family Month and Veterans Day in November

November is National Military Family Month and November 11 is Veterans Day. Reach out to military families, military caregivers, and Veterans in your communities to make sure they know about and are accessing respite and other caregiver supports. Here are some great resources to share. (Thank you ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center for the list!)
ARCH Fact Sheet on Respite for Caregivers of Veterans

Federal Programs that support respite for Veterans and Military Families from ARCH can be found in this Matrix produced by ARCH.

DEFINING RESPITE: First Step to a Comprehensive Action Plan to Improve Services for Military Families from the Respite Impact Council of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, click here.

​White House Proclamation for National Military Family Month, 2016, click here.​

Hidden Heroes - A campaign of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Browse a vetted directory of valuable resources to find organizations that help military caregivers and their families.

Military Caregiving Webinar Series…

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