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— As the Iowa House debates the House Health and Human Services (HHS) Budget bill, House File 2460, AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern writes members about his recent hospitalization. Read his letter below describing the successful transitions he experienced having a designated caregiver and thorough instructions for his at-home care, measures called for in the CARE Act, which is included in HF 2460. April 19, 2016 Members of the Iowa House of Representatives: For most of my adult life, I …

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— When it comes to support for seniors and caregivers, it matters where you live.  According to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP  and the nation’s leading organizations behind long-term care, Connecticut ranks 12th in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities.  While that number may seem pretty good, we know that more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve specific areas, including more support and training for family …

— AARP National Poll Highlights Personal Challenges of Caregivers in the United States   New AARP and Ad Council PSAs highlight the many roles 42 million caregivers shoulder, offer tools and resources for support     WASHINGTON, DC, November 7, 2013 — According to a new AARP poll[1], almost three out of ten people who are caring for a loved one say their life has changed since becoming a caregiver. More than one in five says their weight, exercise, or social life has …

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— When you are a caregiver, taking time to care for yourself can be an enormous challenge. Finding moments for quiet, personal time is important for everyone, so we hope that the following tips may provide some guidance for you or a loved one. See Also: 11 Affirmations for New Caregivers In the United Stated, there are approximately 43.5 million adults who provide what is called “unpaid” care to someone age 50 or older. That is nearly 19% of all adults. …

— Blog by Jane Barton Greetings one and all… Welcome back to The Caregiver’s Cairn – a sustaining and empowering guide for caregivers and care receivers. I hope you and yours have enjoyed a lovely month since my last posting. I invite you to pour a cup of coffee or hot tea, curl up in a cozy chair, and take a deep breath. A little break in the action is needed from time to time. However, if you are like most caregivers, …

— This is a guest post from AARP Illinois staffer Kathy Klaper   Welcome to our new series on caregiver resources.  Each week we will be posting a caregiving topic along with resources to help guide caregivers with recommended resources needed to get through the difficult times. The boomers, also known as the sandwich generation are more involved than ever in caring for their elderly parents and their children and grandchildren at the very same time. Chances are if you aren’t a …

Family Gathers for Christmas

— As families across the Hoosier state gather for the holidays, AARP Indiana is encouraging folks to assess their current caregiving plans.  Last year, 1.34 million Hoosiers provided unpaid care for a loved one, placing the economic value of their help at $9.4 billion.  Nationwide, one in four adults provides such unpaid care.* “We consistently see in our surveys that an overwhelming majority of people want to age at home as long as possible,” says AARP Indiana State Director June Lyle.  …

— By Nicole Duritz, Vice President, Health, AARP Education & Outreach Every once in awhile, an adult child is cast suddenly into the role of caregiver, often after an aging parent suffers a fall or a medical crisis. But more often a parent’s need for support comes on gradually and may not be so obvious. Sure You’re Not a Caregiver Now, But … What are the signs? Maybe your mom was always beautifully dressed, but now her appearance looks unkempt. Your …