—   WASHINGTON, DC — AARP’s recent survey shows that positive emotions far outweigh negative emotions for both family caregivers and care recipients. Family caregivers report more positive emotions despite half feeling stressed or worried and care recipients report more positive emotions despite 6 out of 10 feeling less independent. The survey also found that family caregivers who felt more prepared to take on their role were more likely to report positive emotions than negative. “Changing roles can be difficult to …

— About 85,000 Alaskans are caring for an older parent, spouse, or other loved one, helping them to live independently. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now there’s support in place that will make life a little bit easier for them. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act went into effect January 1, 2017. It supports family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Alaska became the 32nd state/territory to sign the …

— The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has designated October as Long–Term Care Planning Month in an effort to raise awareness about long–term care. Research estimates about 70 percent of people who are 65 and older are going to require long–term care in their lifetime. While it may seem overwhelming to think about this topic, especially if the need is not yet there, now is a good time to start looking at options rather than waiting. What is long–term care? Long–term care (LTC) includes a range of …

— If you live in Juneau, you are invited to a free public lecture “Finding a Better Path to the End of Life” by Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. Centennial Hall. In today’s medical culture, the dying are often put on what Dr. Zitter calls the “End-of-Life Conveyor Belt.” They are intubated, catheterized, and die attached to machines, frequently without even knowing they are dying. In her work, Zitter builds bridges between patients and the …

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— About 85,000 Alaskans provide unpaid services worth about $1.2 billion a year to help a family member or friend age in place rather than move into a nursing home. “Caregiving is inherently stressful, and it is crucial that caregivers have access to information that can help them feel more confident in that role,” said Ken Helander, AARP state advocacy director. In order to get useful information out to the state’s vast rural areas, AARP Alaska will host a tele-town hall …

— For Immediate Release: March 4, 2016 Contact: Greg Phillips, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia AARP Backs Bipartisan Credit for Caring Act Introduced today in Congress, the bill offers a federal tax credit for family caregivers Washington, DC – AARP commends U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA) on the bipartisan introduction of H.R. 4708, the Credit for Caring Act, that supports America’s family caregivers by offering a federal tax credit of up to $3,000 for those who qualify. This tax …

— AARP Alaska is urging state lawmakers to support the crucial work of family members who care for a loved one after a hospital stay. A bill introduced last spring (SB 72) would allow every hospital patient to designate an unpaid caregiver, and would require the hospital to inform the caregiver about discharge plans and to show the caregiver how to perform follow-up medical tasks needed at home. “These commonsense steps would make a world of difference to Alaska’s family caregivers,” …

— Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) co-sponsored the legislation. AARP applauds the bipartisan action on S. 192, the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) with Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The Senate passed the bill the same week that we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the OAA. “AARP is thrilled with the passage of this bipartisan bill reauthorizing the Older Americans Act in the Senate and we urge the …

— Bills We’re Watching HB 5 Conservator of Protected Persons: Passed (H); awaiting hearing in (S) JUD HB 8 Powers of Attorney:  Passed (H); referred to (S) HSS SB 1 Regulation of Smoking: Passed (S) HSS. Referred to (S) SA SB 12 Paid Sick Leave: Awaiting hearing in (S) L&C SB 72 Designated Caregivers for Patients: Introduced 3/11. Referred to (S) HSS   Issues We’re Watching Budget: Cuts to Senior Benefit Program: Finance Committees (S and H) Budget: Cuts to Adult …