Let’s Hear it for Hoosier Family Caregivers

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Home & Family By AARP Indiana State Director June Lyle Odds are that you either have been, currently are, or will be a caregiver for a family member or loved one. And, you would be in good company as more than 1.34 million Hoosiers provided such unpaid care in 2011. Family helping family – that’s how most caregivers describe the labor of love they perform day in and day out. But, during this National Family Caregivers Month in November, AARP wants to pause …

Let’s Honor Hoosier Family Caregivers by Sharing Their Stories!

Posted on 11/11/2014 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Home & Family November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 42 million Americans, 1.3 million Hoosiers, who help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home – as opposed to costly institutions. Today, the average family caregiver is a 49-year-old female, who takes care of a 77-year-old woman – usually her mother. She provides 20 hours a week of assistance to her loved one, although she may be on call around-the-clock. Bottom …

Caregiving Help a Legislative Priority

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family In the legislative session that begins Jan. 13, AARP Indiana will focus on ways to help family caregivers. A recent scorecard on long-term services and supports ranked Indiana 51st among the states (and District of Columbia) in support for family caregivers. The findings underscore the need for resources that can help Hoosiers continue to care for their loved ones at home and keep them out of costly institutions. This year AARP supported a bill that would have granted a tax …

Easing the Burden on Family Caregiviers

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family To help family caregivers deal with the demands and stress of that unpaid job, AARP Indiana is hosting four Caregiver Connection events across the state. All-day events on June 5 in Evansville and June 19 in Jeffersonville include a resource fair, panel discussion, breakout sessions and free chair massages. Evening events on June 10 in Valparaiso and June 26 in Indianapolis feature presentations by an elder-law attorney and a representative of the Area Agency on Aging. In 2011, 1.34 million …

Finding New Ways to Help Family Caregivers

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Nancy Johnson Connie Roberts of Elkhart was running herself ragged looking after her aging parents. For three years, with help from her siblings, she drove them to doctor appointments, cooked meals, did the laundry, cleaned their apartment, doled out medicines and handled their financial affairs. But she knew one thing: She didn’t want to put them in a nursing home. With help from their doctor and from REAL Services, the Area 2 Agency on Aging affiliate in South Bend, …

Tax Credit for Caregivers Advocated

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family   By Nancy Johnson At Patty Thornton’s home, everything revolves around her mom, Mary Hosinski. “We call her the queen,” Thornton said. Nine years ago, Hosinski, now 93, suffered a stroke that left her unable to speak and made walking difficult. Faced with the prospect of putting her mom into a nursing home, Thornton, 65, moved her mother into her own South Bend house. Since then, Thornton and her husband, Chris, 63, have reorganized their jobs—as an exercise instructor and …