This annual event for the caregivers of those struggling with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia is conducted by the Caregiver Relief Program of Bedford County. The CRPBC is an organization dedicated to empowering caregivers and others affected by dementia through person-centered education, engagement activities, and respite. Since 1994, the program has assisted homebound people with a dementia diagnosis and their caregivers through in-home RN visits and counseling. The work and it's results are evident in the lives of the over 300 Middle Tennessee residents we touched this year alone. In 2016, our program grew from Bedford County into Davidson, Rutherford, and Wilson counties for the purpose of expanding into the Caregiver Relief Program of Middle Tennessee (CRPMT). With 25 years of service, CRPBC and CRPMT have hosted an array of professional lecture series, recorded more than 1,000 community service hours, and awarded more than $50,000 in respite scholarships to families in need. Our staff jointly boasts over 20 years experience including nursing, senior living administration, home health marketing and dementia education. With great pride, CRPBC has assumed responsibility for funding monthly in-home visits to families affected by dementia as well as a respite reimbursement scholarship. These programs help to mitigate hospital visits and stays while empowering caregivers with the tools and resources they need to avoid burnout. On August 17, 2018, CRPBC will be hosting the 2nd Annual Caregiver Empowerment Conference featuring our theme – Dementia University. This event is an educational seminar to raise awareness and funds for our in-home visits, respite program, and speaker series. This informative and interactive program will be held at the Shelbyville Recreation Center at HV Griffin Park (220 Tulip Tree Rd) on Friday, August 17, 2018. We are anticipating similar numbers from that of last year—50-75 participants and more than 200 caregivers and professionals via Facebook Livestream We will begin at nine o’clock a.m. with complimentary breakfast and a dementia sensitivity training opportunity. The program’s keynote will include remarks from the Council on Aging and will conclude with door prize drawings from all participating vendors. Lunch is provided and respite is available with advanced notice during registration.