2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference

17th National Lifespan Respite Conference Hosted in Denver, CO!

A Mile High Thank You to all volunteers, partners, and participants of Elevate Respite!

Missed a breakout session? View all breakout session PowerPoints here.

The Colorado Respite Coalition was honored to co-host the 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Denver this year in late September. A special thank you to all the community partners and sponsors that collaborated to make this event a success! From individuals to agencies, Elevate Respite was truly a group effort. Numerous volunteers donated their time at the conference and were vital in keeping everything organized and on track.

There were over 200 people in attendance, coming together to Elevate Respite from across the nation. With over 35 concurrent breakout sessions, attendees had the opportunity to learn about service delivery, evaluation and research, and respite for military families and caregivers of veterans, plus much more! The conference also celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the enactment of the Lifespan Respite Care Act. Keynote speakers shared on military caregiver supports, compassion fatigue, and powerful stories on family caregiving. It was an overall success that provided an incredible platform for networking and professional growth.

A sincere thank you to all who contributed to this tremendous effort to Elevate Respite and brought passion to the conversation on respite. We hope you were able to attend the conference and participate in the tremendous amounts of learning and sharing. If you missed out on a session or were not able to attend, keynote and breakout session presentations have been shared through the ARCH Network. We invite you to explore these invaluable respite resources. Please contact the Colorado Respite Coalition with questions or feedback about Elevate Respite.

We look forward to next year's National Lifespan Respite Conference that will be hosted in Rocket City - Huntsville, Alabama! Mark your calendars for October 10-12, 2017 at Embassy Suites Huntsville.

Caregiver Response to Elevate Respite

Read a personal and inspiring reaction that one conference attendee shared about her experience as a family caregiver. Kelie Kyser, Communicaton Director for The ARC Arapahoe & Douglas Counties, shares her reaction to the conference and addresses three major barriers to respite. Read more here.

Five Reasons to Attend the 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference

Why should you attend the 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference?

  1. Network with respite providers from Colorado and across the nation
  2. Learn innovative programs and practices, such as cost-reducing strategies and how to improve staff training
  3. Stay informed on policy efforts from across the country and in your local community
  4. Explore multiple exciting exhibitors and their resources that may improve daily operations
  5. Support advances in the respite industry to help Elevate Respite!

Amy Goyer Announced as keynote speaker for 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference

ARCH is pleased to announce that Amy Goyer, Author, Speaker, Consultant, and AARP's Family and Caregiving Expert will provide a keynote at the 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Denver, Colorado.

Amy Goyer is an author, speaker and consultant specializing in aging and families, including caregiving, grandparenting and multi-generational issues. She has authored numerous print and online publications, including the books, AARP's Juggling Work and Caregiving and Things to Do Now That You're...a Grandparent.  She is a recognized media authority, including interviews for ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, People Magazine and numerous other media outlets. As AARP's Family and Caregiving expert, Amy is a columnist and blogger on, and has a "Taking Care" YouTube web series with actionable tips for caregivers.

A passionate champion for all types of caregivers, Amy has been one her entire adult life, and has been an advocate for older adults, children and families for more than 30 years at the local, state, national and international levels.

Colorado's Jane Barton to give morning plenary keynote Speech

 ARCH and the Colorado Respite Coalition are honored to introduce Jane W. Barton, MTS, MASM, CSA, Speaker and Author, Caregiving for the  GENIUS as our morning plenary keynote speaker!

Jane W. Barton, author of Caregiving for the GENIUS, is a passionate speaker, writer, and listener. As the founder of Cardinal, LLC, she provides educational programs, books, and blogs to assist people in confronting the daunting challenges posed by aging, serious illness, and the end of life. Jane is well versed in the areas of grief and bereavement, caregiving, hospice and palliative care, change and transition, and spirituality and health. As the Caregiving Ambassador for AARP Colorado (2014-2016), she offers educational programs for personal and professional caregivers throughout the state of Colorado.

Honorary Chair of 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference Announced

Senator Elizabeth Dole

The theme of the conference is Elevate Respite and with Senator Elizabeth Dole as the Honorary Chair, this goal is well on its way to being achieved.

Senator Dole, with a long and distinguished career helping women and minorities reach their full potential, most recently founded Caring for Military Families: The Elizabeth Dole Foundation to raise awareness and support for the 5.5 million young spouses, mothers, fathers and other loved ones caring for our nation's wounded warriors at home. In this role as a distinguished caregiver advocate, she has served as a stalwart champion for more meaningful and accessible respite services and for ensuring that the Lifespan Respite Care Program is fully funded. We applaud her leadership on behalf of military caregiver and thank her for her willinging to serve as Chair of the Conference.

Conference Schedule  (tentative - times approximate):

  • September 20, 2016, 6-9 pm: Opening Program and Reception for National Lifespan Respite Conference
  • September 21-22, 2016, 8 am - 5 pm: National Lifespan Respite Conference
  • September 23, 2016, 8 am - 3 pm: Lifespan Respite Grantee/Partner Learning Symposium (restricted to state Lifespan Respite Grantees and designated stakeholders - by invitation only).
  • Click here for the Preliminary Conference Program (subject to change) for more information on workshop sessions and keynote speakers.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information

Welcome sponsors and exhibitors! Please consider sponsoring or exhibiting at the 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Denver, CO, to demonstrate your support and market your leadership in this important field. A variety of sponsorship and exhibitor options are available.  Click here for more information.

Hotel Information

The Sheraton Downtown Denver, 1550 Court Place, Denver, Colorado, is the venue for this event. Special discounted conference rates will be available and announced soon.

Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium

The Learning Symposium is by invitation only for Lifespan Respite grantees and their primary partners and will be held following the conference on September 23, 2016. Please check back for registration information and program updates.

The Beauty and Grandeur of Denver, the Mile High City!

Check back for details on the cultural and historic sights of Denver and surrounding areas.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your conference registration before September 12, 2016, you will be entitled to a full refund of the registration fee that you paid. On or after September 12, a late cancellation fee of $50 will be withheld from your reimbursement.  On or after September 15, 2016, no refund will be permitted.

Elevate Respite

The Colorado Respite Coalition and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, in collaboration with the ARCH National Respite Network, Easter Seals Colorado, andthe Colorado Department of Human Services will host the 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Denver, Colorado, September 20-22, 2016.

The theme for the conference is Elevate Respite, reflecting the innovations being made toward respite care in Colorado and nationwide. The need for respite care services and supports is greater than ever before and continues to climb, with nearly 4 in 10 Americans serving as family caregivers. The conference will promote collaboration, research, and the sharing of ideas, strategies, and models to bring respite care to new heights across the country.

Previous national respite conferences have been very successful, and we expect no less from the 2016 conference in Denver! The conference will offer valuable, up-to-date information for families, professionals and other stakeholders related to respite supports for caregivers. Conference keynote speakers and breakout sessions will offer a multitude of opportunities to "connect the dots" between the Lifespan Respite Care Program and other respite programs and initiatives that support caregivers.

This call for presentations is an opportunity to come to the Mile High City to share your innovative best practices related to respite care, and to give others the chance to benefit and learn from what you've learned and accomplished.

This national conference is intended for everyone who supports family members and family caregivers of individuals across all ages. Anyone who is affected by Alzheimer's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, ALS, Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health and behavioral health issues, or any other disabling or chronic condition has a stake in this significant issue. Families of or providers to military wounded soldiers or veterans, kinship caregivers or providers, and those working with families at risk of abuse or neglect will also have much to gain from attending this conference. The audience will include family caregivers, persons with disabilities, older adults, parents, grandparents, guardians, respite providers, social workers, case managers, program managers, nurses, researchers, advocates, direct support staff, teachers, leaders of faith‐based organizations, policy makers, and other community/business leaders who influence and shape the role of respite in the support network.

For more information:

Contact Meghan Kluth at at the Colorado Respite Coalition or Jill Kagan at ARCH.

View the 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference Facebook for additional information and updates.

Missed a breakout session? Click here to access all breakout session PowerPoint Presentations.

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Colorado Respite Coalition
393 S Harlan St, Ste 108
Lakewood, CO 80226

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