On July 9, Missouri became the 40th state to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act. Signed by Gov. Mike Parson (R), the law will support unpaid family caregivers by requiring hospitals to record their names when their loved ones are admitted; notify caregivers when their loved ones are moved or discharged; and instruct caregivers on the medical tasks they will need to perform at home.

Missourians spend more than 700 million hours each year providing care for family members—a contribution totaling nearly $8.5 billion in unpaid service. The CARE Act’s passage will help caregivers perform their role more effectively.

The state AARP office will be hosting more tele-town halls and caregiving conferences for education and support. For details, visit aarp.org/mo.