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AARP Alabama is working with the Alabama Lifespan Respite Coalition to raise awareness of the demands of caregiving and to engage faith-based groups in efforts to relieve stress on caregivers.

Alabama has about 818,000 family caregivers, and the estimated value of their unpaid contributions is more than $7.3 billion, according to a 2011 AARP report.

AARP is distributing its “Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families” to chapters across the state, along with a tool kit developed by the coalition to help faith communities build caregiving teams. Each chapter, in turn, will contact houses of worship in the area.

For more information, go to alabamarespite.org and aarp.org/preparetocare.