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— More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide …

— Have you checked out I ♥ Caregivers yet? Already hundreds in Massachusetts and nationwide have shared their stories about the joys and challenges — as well as advice — about caring for those we love.   “I’ve sacrificed everything to care for my parents: finances, relationships, home, health … but I do my best to take care of myself … Caregiving is both the most difficult and most rewarding thing I’ve ever experienced. “ — Amy   Their stories are …

— No one plans to have an accident or illness that sends you to the hospital. But Kauai geriatrician and palliative care physician Dr. Laurel Coleman said the time for families to talk about hospital care decisions, caregiving and post-hospital care is before a serious illness or injury happens. Coleman is the featured speaker at a free AARP Hawaii workshop in Kapaa on June 3rd. “Hospitalization is hardly ever anticipated and rarely planned for and yet it is very common as …

— AARP Mississippi is inviting all Veterans in the area to attend the AARP Veterans Town Hall on Thursday, June 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free event will be held at The Arena at Southaven, located on 7360 Highway 51 North in Southaven. With nearly 6 million members who are Veterans, AARP is committed to aiding Veterans in the transition from successful military life to effective civilian life. AARP is working to become a go-to source for help …

—   Great news for our state’s more than 345,000 caregivers and the people for whom they provide care. The Kansas Legislature has passed and Governor Brownback has signed the Kansas Lay Caregivers Act, otherwise known as the Caregiver, Advise, Record and Enable or CARE Act. The new law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, will support caregivers when the person they are caring for is hospitalized and then returns home and is in need of care. AARP volunteers …

— What’s your image of a caregiver? If you envisaged a middle-aged woman, one who is caring for an ailing parent, you wouldn’t be wrong. AARP research shows that the “typical” family caregiver is a 49-year old woman who cares for a relative. Watch this video of comedian Jim Breuer, who is the caregiver for his father. Yet, according to Caregiving in the U.S., a 2015 AARP survey done in conjunction with the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), 40 percent of family …

— Our team of AARP Wisconsin red-shirted volunteers is having a huge presence at all six of the state budget hearings being held across the state in April, and one of the ideas we’re floating at these hearings is something we’re calling the “Silver Dividend.” We believe that if Wisconsin invests moderate amounts of money in caregivers, seniors and the existing aging programs, it can save taxpayer money in the long term and maximize the number of older Wisconsinites who can …

— By Noreen Willhelm Charles Williams’ mother, now 96, was given morphine just before she was released from the hospital a couple of years ago. “They gave her the morphine, and they expected me to take her home, like, now,” said Williams, 58, of Toledo. His mother was living on her own at the time. “I dropped her off; everything seemed fine,” he said. “Then I got home and got a call from the fire department. She had pushed her alarm …

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— AARP today celebrates the enactment of the Kentucky Family Caregivers Act.  We applaud legislative leaders and Governor Bevin for signing this bill, which will benefit caregivers and their loved ones. In addition to Governor Bevin, AARP Kentucky salutes the leadership of Paul Hornback, his co-sponsors Senators Julie Raque Adams, Danny Carroll, C.B. Embry, and Representative Addia Wuchner. “Kentucky’s elected officials worked together on behalf of our state’s most passionate unpaid workers, family caregivers,” said Charlotte Whittaker, AARP Kentucky State President. …

— When AARP volunteer Laurie Kaneshiro brought her mother home to Hawaii to take care of her, she had no idea what was ahead and how much it would cost. “I was used to working 14 to 16 hours a day,” she said. But when her mother, who suffered from dementia and other ailments, came to live with her, Kaneshiro found herself needing to take time off at work to make sure her mother was eating and didn’t fall and hurt …