Call for Presentations

Deadline for Abstract Proposal Submissions: October 16, 2023

Please read the instructions for completing the online application.

The New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition and the New York State Office for the Aging, in collaboration with the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center, will host the 2024 National Lifespan Respite Conference in Albany, NY, on May 21-23, 2024. The conference will be preceded by the Lifespan Respite Grantee and Partner Learning Symposium (by invitation only) on May 21, 2024.

The theme for the conference, RAISE the Bar for Respite, Strategies for strengthening family caregivers, is meant to be timely and inspirational. Coming on the heels of the 2022 release of the National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers by the Administration for Community Living, the theme is a call to action. The National Strategy was developed jointly by the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council and the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, with extensive input from the public, including family caregivers and the people they support. The report includes nearly 500 actions that can be adopted at every level of government and across the public and private sectors, including actions that each of us can take, to advance supports currently in place to strengthen the nation’s more than 53 million family caregivers.

In keeping with our individual and collective responsibility to advance the recommended respite actions in the National Strategy, the conference will provide the space and energy to lift up best practices in respite care; elevate our commitment to ensuring diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in all our work; boost innovative public and private sector approaches to expand support for working caregivers; escalate new strategies to grow respite capacity to meet the ever-increasing need; step up action to address the direct care workforce crisis; and increase our commitment to ensure that respite services are person and family-centered.

The conference focus is on Respite, but our driving intention is to strengthen and support family caregivers, who are the backbone of the nation’s long-term services and supports system. The conference will provide opportunities to RAISE the Bar for Research, Advocacy, Innovation, Services and Supports, and Education in the respite care field.

Submit Your Abstract

Please be sure to read the Call for Presentations in full for more information about the Conference AudiencePresentation Formats, Topic Suggestions for each track, AV Equipment, Presenter Registration, Instructions for completing the online proposal form, and Dates to Remember.

Read more about the Conference Tracks.

Questions?   Please contact Doris Green at the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition at  or Jill Kagan with ARCH at with any questions.

Presentation Tracks

We are looking for presentation proposals that focus on respite care, but cross over multiple disciplines, reflecting the wide range of options required and utilized by caregivers across the lifespan. Proposals should target one of five topical tracks or the Lifespan Respite Track described below. Following each topic description are questions to help you think about possible session ideas, but you are not limited to these. We encourage you to show how your work RAISES the Bar for Respite and aligns with National Strategy Goals. Be bold!

The National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers proposes five main goals:

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GOAL 1: Increase awareness and outreach

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GOAL 2: Build partnerships and engagement 

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GOAL 3: Strengthen services and supports 

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GOAL 4: Ensure financial and workplace security 

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GOAL 5: Expand data, research, and evidence-based practices 

The following presentation tracks align with the National Strategy’s five goals and RAISE the Bar for Respite: