— 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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— 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 …

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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 …

— The Senate Health and Welfare Committee, chaired by Senator Vicki Schmidt, passed the CARE Act out of committee on Monday, February 20, 2017 with two amendments. The following is information about what the bill does and how it supports caregivers. SB 68, as amended by Senate Committee – The CARE Act (Kansas Lay Caregivers Act) The CARE Act provides a simple way to support Kansas caregivers when their loved one is hospitalized. The CARE Act: Gives a hospital patient the …

— Here is an update on legislation intended to support North Dakota’s 62,100 unpaid family caregivers before the 2017 North Dakota Legislature: The Caregiver Advise Record and Enable (CARE) Act was introduced in the Senate as Senate Bill 2215. The CARE Act would ensure that family caregivers are kept informed and are provided with an explanation and a demonstration of the medical tasks they are expected to perform at home after a loved one is discharged from a hospital. Research shows …

— To recognize their support of family caregivers across Wisconsin, two State Representatives – Mike Rohrkaste (R-Neenah) and Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) – were recently honored with AARP awards as 2016 “Capitol Caregivers.” Rep. Rohrkaste served as chairman of the Speakers Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, while Rep. Hesselbein served as vice chair. Both were honored for their work on respite care and advancing legislation that significantly increased services that allow family caregivers to get some relief from their caregiving responsibilities. This is a …

—   Northeast Ohio resident Semanthie Brooks, ACSW, LISW, has recently been appointed to the AARP Ohio Executive Council. Executive Council members are appointed volunteers, who work with the Ohio office and other volunteers to provide ongoing strategic direction for state activities in support of AARP priority issues framed by the AARP National Board of Directors. Brooks, is a community volunteer and retiree of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland. During her tenure she held a variety of leadership …