BOSTON – AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa and volunteer State President Sandra Albright joined AARP volunteers and representatives of several elder advocacy groups at the Massachusetts State House today for the Securing the Future of Aging event to show support for issues important to the 50+ population, such as caregiving, healthy aging, elder economic security, elder financial abuse, and age-friendly communities.
AARP Massachusetts joined Alice Bonner, Secretary of Elder Affairs, Representative Danielle Gregoire (D- 4th Middlesex), Chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, and 150 representatives of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging and Senior Centers, Mass Home Care, and the Mass Senior Action Council to bring greater focus and support for issues important to the 50+ population, such as long term services and supports and affordable in-home care.
Festa said, “We believe it is critical that the Commonwealth invest in vital programs and services such as home and community based care and funding for long term care to include high quality, affordable skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, adult day health services, and senior housing.”
“For years, Massachusetts has been a leader in supporting older residents and those with disabilities,” said Secretary Bonner. “Today, we have an opportunity to develop new ways to help people age and thrive in places where they live, work and volunteer. With AARP, and our many other partners, the Baker/Polito Administration is committed to ensuring that Massachusetts remains a great place to grow up and grow old together.”
“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in Elder Lobby Day today,” said Rep. Gregoire. “I am very proud of my role as House Chair of Elder Affairs and the responsibility I have to draw attention to the issues facing one of our most vulnerable populations. It was wonderful to see the many legislators, advocates and particularly seniors who came out today to participate. Their presence is crucial in moving critical legislation through the legislative process.”
Family caregiver and AARP Massachusetts volunteer advocate Vanessa Hogan spoke in support of a Family Caregiver Tax Credit bill backed by AARP that would provide an income tax credit of up to $1,500 to help cover caregiving expenses. On average, family caregivers spend roughly $7,000 per year on out-of-pocket costs related to caregiving. Hogan spoke of caring for her sister Dianne, who passed away in 2016 after battling serious illnesses for four years. “Being self-employed, I was constantly on the go, juggling my schedule to accommodate numerous hospital visits and appointments,” said Vanessa. “I cannot imagine how a person could hold a full time job and take care of their loved one. The tax credit bill would have helped defray some of my out of pocket caregiving expenses.”
AARP Massachusetts volunteer advocate Vanessa Hogan emotional speech yesterday at Senior Lobby Day in support of the Family Caregiver Tax Credit bill backed by AARP that would provide an income tax credit of up to $1,500 to help cover caregiving expenses. Family caregivers spend roughly $7,000 per year on out-of-pocket costs related to caregiving.Vanessa cared for her sister Dianne, who passed away in 2016 after battling serious illnesses for four years
Posted by AARP MA on Wednesday, June 13, 2018