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Montana Lifespan Respite Announces

2017 Summit

Refuel and Recharge:

Coping with Compassion Fatigue

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May 10th
Wingate Hotel
2007 N. Oakes
Helena, MT 59601

Featuring Elaine Ryan, AARP

Title: Elaine M. Ryan Elaine M. Ryan is the Vice President of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI) in the Government Affairs Department of AARP. Elaine leads a team of legislative staff who work with 53 AARP state offices to advance AARP’s state advocacy agenda with Governors and state legislators throughout the nation.  She has been involved in the enactment and implementation of many landmark laws over her career, such as the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Welfare Reform, the Medicare Modernization Act, and the creation of the first federal office of Women’s Health Research, to name a few.  Elaine earned her Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and her undergraduate degree in Economics from Fordham University. Elaine also brings her own personal caregiving experiences, stories and humor to the topic of caregiving and compassion fatigue. 

The Summit Agenda will include a caregiver panel, Community in Action panel, luncheon and opportunities for sharing your ideas.

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A sharing table will be available for programs to share information with attendees.

Check out our Aging Horizons Interview

 Pre-registration Required:

$10 Registration Fee

Register for the 2017 Summit below.  For more information contact: Jackie Stoeckel, Aging Services:

1-800-332-2272 or (406) 444-4077.


**Make your hotel reservations soon: cut-off date is 4/10/17 for discounted rate

2017 Online Summit Registration   Mail in Registration Form Hotel Lodging Information Agenda

Thank You!

AARP for sponsoring the Keynote Speaker

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2016 Summit


The Montana Lifespan Respite (LSR) Coalition, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), hosted the Lifespan Respite Summit at the Great Northern Hotel in Helena on March 9, 2016. The Summit was titled: Riding the respite Wave: Sustaining the Momentum.


DPHHS Director Richard Opper opened the day long summit with words of support and recognition regarding the Coalition’s efforts in making a difference for our Montana caregivers throughout the lifespan.


Glen Fewkes, Senior Legislative Representative, Government Affairs Department, AARP National Office was our keynote speaker. His presentation focused on the growing importance of family caregiving across the country, why respite care is so crucial and how to best advocate for caregivers in Montana.


The Summit hosted a caregiver panel who shared their personal stories and challenges of their caregiving experiences. Finally, everyone attending participated in roundtable discussions that focused on the role of the LSR Coalition and the next steps for sustainability and making respite a priority for our state.


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Thank You
AARP for sponsoring the Keynote Speaker and Luncheon & MTGEC for sponsoring the Caregiver Panel