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Third International Conference on Family Care

October 12-14, 2002
Washington, DC
Hosted by the National Alliance for Caregiving

Call for Proposals!
Proposal Deadline: January 25, 2002

Family caregiving knows no international boundaries. Whether in China, Guatemala, France, Japan, the United States or any other country, family caregivers face increasing stress and health burdens as they try to cope with the demands of caring for relatives while balancing work and family. But despite the increasing media attention to this issue, there are few opportunities to share information about programs that really help family caregivers across the age span and about policies that support them.

The Third International Conference on Family Care will be a forum for caregiving groups, advocates and policy makers from around the globe to share their experiences and lessons in creating innovative and effective programs to empower and assist family caregivers.

Following the successful gatherings in London in 1998 and Brisbane, Australia, in 2000, this three-day conference will highlight best practices on both the governmental and private sector levels with the goal of advancing the caregiving agenda.

Keynote Speakers
Over the past several years, the British Parliament has passed groundbreaking legislation that recognizes family caregivers for their role in the healthcare of relatives and friends and appropriates funds for assessments of caregiver needs--over and above the needs of the care recipient. Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, formerly of the Carers National Association of the UK, will speak on the recent struggle in the United Kingdom to enact this groundbreaking national legislation that recognizes and supports caregivers.

Dr. Rhonda Montgomery, Director of the Gerontology Center at the University of Kansas, is a leading researcher on family caregiving issues. Most recently, she has focused on the process caregivers go through in terms of tasks and time and relationship to their family member to begin to recognize that they are indeed caregivers. She will talk about the "reachable moment" when caregivers are open to reaching out for help and services.

Other Plenary Sessions will address:
  • Family Care Around the World
  • Family Caregiver Empowerment
Conference Objectives
The conference will allow participants to:
  • Learn about innovative programs to support and empower family caregivers
  • Understand successful models from around the world for public policy and legislation supporting caregivers
  • Share insights on best practices for caregiver training, respite, support groups, websites and other programs
Sessions will focus on programs and policies addressing the wide range of family caregiving situations, including:
  • Eldercare
  • Care for people with mental illness
  • Care for people with disabilities
  • Care for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities
  • Care for children and adults with chronic illnesses
  • Care at the end of life
  • Grandparents caring for grandchildren
  • Caregiving by young people
Format Descriptions
Major sessions on current issues of vital interest to a broad segment of conference attendees presented by a panel of international and national experts. (90 minutes)

Sessions highlighting public policy and legislation, best practices and successful models that are innovative and replicable. (90 minutes)

Grouped sessions emphasizing public policy and legislation, best practices and successful models. Where possible, groupings are on related topics. (30 to 45 minutes)

Program Exchanges and Poster Sessions
An array of programs and projects showcased at roundtables or on display boards. Since Program Exchanges and Poster Sessions are presented simultaneously in one area, attendees may visit a number of them during the time allowed. Presentations are informal and conversational, which allows contact with a large number of people. (75 minutes)

Open discussion on a topic of current interest, presented simultaneously with Program Exchanges and Poster Sessions in one area. Format requires a facilitator but should not include a prepared presentation. Roundtables are designed for maximum audience involvement. (75 minutes)

Award Information
Has your state, community or agency developed an especially innovative and helpful family caregiver program? We will be presenting four cash awards at the conference dinner recognizing "best practice" organizations. You can nominate your own organization or another. The potential winners must describe in writing their exemplary program or legislation including how the organization is structured, whom they serve, how they reach out to caregivers, why the program is exemplary and innovative, and lessons learned in implementing the program. The "how to" information will be included in the conference proceedings; award-winning representatives will have exhibit space where they can meet informally with attendees to discuss in depth what makes their program a success. We are looking across the age spectrum of caregiving and across many countries as well as urban and rural areas. Send in your nominations by April 25, 2002.

Program Planning Committee (partial listing)
Rick Greene, Administration on Aging; Sam Fazio, Alzheimer's Association; Gloria Cavanaugh, American Society on Aging; Steven M. Eidelman, The ARC; Francine Lynch, The AXA Foundation; Jane Barratt and Irene Gibbons, Carers Association of Australia; Diana Whitworth, Carers UK; Brian Duke, Children of Aging Parents; Robyn Golden, Council for Jewish Elderly; Lynn Friss Feinberg, Family Caregiver Alliance; Frances K. Barg, Family Caregiver Cancer Education Program, University of Pennsylvania; Heather McCabe, Family Voices; Laura Trejo, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Gail Hunt, National Alliance for Caregiving; Jill Kagan, National Respite Coalition; Suzanne Mintz, National Family Caregivers Association; Myrl Weinberg, National Health Council; Cecelia Vergaretti, National Mental Health Association; Marja Pijl, Netherlands Carers Association; Arisa Cunningham, OrthoBiotech; Linda Schlachter, Pfizer Inc; Alison Ryan, UK Princess Royal Trust for Carers; Jeanette Takamura, Roybal Institute for Applied Gerontology, California State University-Los Angeles; Lennarth Johansson, Swedish National Board of Health; Ryoji Kobayashi, Tokyo Metropolitan University; Donna Wagner, Gerontology Program, Towson University; Carol Levine, Families and Health Care Project, United Hospital Fund; Melissa Talamantes, Department of Family and Community Medicine, The University of Texas; George Hopper, Well Spouse Foundation

Who Should Submit Proposals?
The Program Committee invites all individuals involved in family caregiving issues and programs-administrators, supervisors, clinicians, direct service providers, policymakers, planners, educators, advocates, and family caregivers themselves-to submit proposals.

Family Caregiving Situations
  • Eldercare
  • Care for people with mental illness
  • Care for people with disabilities
  • Care for people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities
  • Care for children and adults with chronic illnesses
  • Care at the end of life
  • Grandparents caring for grandchildren
  • Caregiving by young people
General Information for Submitting Proposals
The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for caregiving groups, advocates and policy makers from around the globe to exchange ideas on innovative and effective ways to empower and assist family caregivers. Presenters are encouraged to include the family caregiver perspective as well as cross-cultural perspectives in their presentations. The reading of prepared papers is strongly discouraged.

Applicants should select the format and family caregiving situation (see sidebar) most appropriate for the proposed presentation. The Program Committee will group proposals so that sessions are cross-cultural and models from different countries and disciplines can be compared.

Proposals must be submitted on two 8 1/2" x 11" pages. The first page must provide your name, degree(s), title, organizational affiliation, address, city, state/province, zip/postal code, country, business area code and telephone, home area code and telephone, fax number and e-mail address. You must also include this information for all copresenters, if applicable. Presenter information must be followed by:
  • Title of proposed session
  • Preferred format (also indicate a second choice for format)-see above
  • Family caregiving situation (see sidebar-left) with topic or issue addressed
  • Session objectives
  • Experience level (basic, intermediate or advanced) of intended audience
  • 50-word summary
The second page must provide a detailed description (single-spaced) of the proposed session, including a brief overview; a narrative description; and recommendations, policy and legislation or practice models for replication. Include the session title and the name of the primary presenter at the top.

Send the original plus four copies (a total of five) to the address below. Be sure to keep a copy of your proposal for your records. Please do not send a curriculum vita, résumé or other bulky supporting materials. All proposals must be typed or printed clearly in black ink.

You will receive a letter confirming receipt of your application. We will contact you in March to let you know whether your application has been accepted.

All presenters are required to register for the conference and pay the registration fee.

Mail your proposal to:
c/o American Society on Aging
833 Market Street, Suite 511
San Francisco, CA 94103-1824, USA
Telephone (415) 974-9600; Fax (415) 495-6509
E-mail: info@asaging.org
Web: www.caregiving.org

Or submit online at www.asaging.org/nac/call.cfm

The official language of the conference is English. All abstracts and correspondence concerning the conference should be written in English. Presentations must be written in English.

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