September 10, 1998
TO: Area Agency on Aging Directors
SUBJECT: FAMILY CAREGIVER CONFERENCES
DUE DATE: October 1, 1998
Aging and Adult Services Administration (AASA) has a limited amount of funding for
caregiver training conferences targeting family and other unpaid caregivers around the
state. For the 1999 fiscal year, AASA proposes to conduct at least six conferences. Local
conferences will complement the larger “Challenges in Caregiving” conference being
held regularly in western Washington (already scheduled for June 7, 1999, in Fife).
The Family Caregiver Conference Project is intended to be a collaborative effort of Aging
and Adult Services Administration, the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and local
agencies who support older adults, family and community-based caregivers. The
Washington State office of the American Association of Retired Persons and the
American Heart Association are partners in our current efforts and have expressed a
desire to assist the local conference efforts with resources and/or additional support.
In 1997 and 1998, AASA contracted with seven AAAs to target ten areas for local
conferences. We hope to continue broadening out outreach and training to unpaid
caregivers throughout the state. Last year several AAAs expressed interest in funding for
the 1999 fiscal year, this funding is already committed. We are now requesting that AAA
directors respond about their level of interest in this project to enable a fair and logical
distribution of these training funds throughout the state. If you already expressed interest
in the previous year, please verify your commitment.
If your AAA is interested in receiving funds to coordinate a Family Caregiver Conference
at some time within the 1999 fiscal year (between July 1, 1998—June 30, 1999), please
September 10, 1998
respond through a memorandum expressing your interest. Memorandums should
the area (city and/or county) you propose to target
the general timeframe (month/year) you would prefer to hold the event
Memorandums of interest should be sent to Lynne Korte by October 1, 1998. From this
information, AASA, in dialogue with AAAs, will develop a plan to distribute these funds.
Depending upon the level of interest expressed, priority may be given to areas where no
such training has occurred before; however, at this stage AAAs should identify areas with
a need and interest in holding a Family Caregiver Conference even if such an event has
been held there before. Your response at this point is not a formal application, but
intended to determine the most strategic distribution of these training funds targeting
family and unpaid caregivers. Attached is a description of the Family Caregiver
Inquiries to: Lynne Korte, Program Manager
Quality, Research and Training
Kathy Leitch, Director
Home and Community Services Division
FAMILY CAREGIVER CONFERENCE PROJECT: FY 1998-99
The goals of the Family Caregiver Conferences are to:
(1) teach caregivers practical skills that can be used in daily caregiving responsibilities;
(2) provide current information on supportive services and resources;
(3) offer the opportunity for emotional support and recognition of family and unpaid
(4) raise community awareness of caregiving issues.
Family and unpaid caregivers caring for an adult or senior with chronic illness or disability.
In order to clarify roles and expectations regarding this collaborative effort, the following
outlines responsibilities for AASA and the AAA.
1. Provide between $1,250 and $3,000 for project implementation.
2. Provide technical assistance and consultation in conference development and
implementation to the AAA.
3. Assist in refining the caregiver conference curriculum, as needed.
4. Assist in publicizing local conferences through our toll-free HelpLine and other joint
conference outreach efforts.
1. Develop a conference budget not exceeding $3,000 (exact amount yet to be
2. Assign a local conference advisory committee to work with the AAA coordinator in:
developing the caregiver conference curriculum; recommending speakers; coordinating
local fundraising; implementing complementary resource exhibit; and, in developing and
implementing plans for outreach with local target audience.
3. Arrange and pay for printing of conference brochure and program materials.
4. Develop individual workshop format/descriptions. Make contacts and logistical
arrangements with speakers.
5. Make logistical arrangements with conference facility. The preferred facility would
accommodate breakout rooms and the capacity to host a resource fair.
Family Caregiver Conference Project
6. Act as local conference coordinator and host for information and coordination purposes
(i.e., use phone number on brochure, coordinate staff/volunteers during event, etc.).
7. Manage participant and resource exhibitor registrations and coordinate responses.
8. Perform conference evaluation and report.
Marta Acedo, Chief
Quality, Research and Training
Home and Community Services