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Family Caregiver Month in Tennessee Proclamation

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Jazzin’ for Respite Returns After 2 Year Break on Sept. 15, 2016

Tennessee Respite Coalition Signature Fundraiser Features Jazz Music, Wine & an Auction

Nashville, Tenn. (Aug. 23, 2016)—Jazz music fans, wine enthusiasts and auction aficionados can indulge at Jazzin’ for Respite, an event to benefit the Tennessee Respite Coalition (TRC). Now in its tenth year, the event takes place at the Nashville City Club in Nashville, TN on September 15th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Food, wine, jazz from the Nashville Jazz Workshop, a silent and live auction will take place throughout the event. The event returns after a two year break, caused in part by a fire that completely destroyed the TRC's headquarters in 2014.

Nashville City Club is located at 201 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219 on the 20th floor.  Tickets are $45 (or 6 for $240) until September 8th, after that tickets will be $55. More information about the event and tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (615)…

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Please call and urge your Representative to cosponsor the ‪Lifespan‬ ‪‎Respite‬ Reauthorization Act (HR 3913). You can find all the information you need to make the call and what to say in the Legislative_Alert_2016.

Here is an additional talking point about Tennessee caregivers.

“An estimated 1.65 million people in ‪Tennessee are providing care to an adult relative or friend for more than 1 billion hours a year at an estimated value of $11 billion each year” (Tennessee Lawmakers Applaud, Support Family ‪Caregivers‬ for $11 Billion Annual Impact on Lives AARP Tennessee, April 9, 2013).

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Abernathy at or (615) 269-8687.

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5 Tips for Preparing a Senior to Move Into a Family Caregiver’s Home

If you’re about to take on full-time caregiving responsibilities for an elderly family member, you may find it best to have him or her live under the same roof as you.  This move may be very difficult for your family member because this time will probably mark the first time they have lost their independence as an adult.  Here are five suggestions that we have for your family as you prepare to move your older relative:

1. Realize and respect their emotions.

Even if your family member knows that this move is needed, they’re still approaching a huge emotional roller coaster.  This could be the first large move they’ve ever made, or at least that they’ve made in a number of decades.  Their current home has lots of memories, and maybe even belongings, that they’re leaving behind.  Let your family member know ahead of time that you understand how difficult it is…

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