Marylanders who provide care for veterans spend on average $11,500 of their personal income on out-of-pocket costs related to caregiving each year—1.5 times higher than what other family caregivers spend ($7,242), according to AARP data. And 43 percent of veteran and military caregivers experienced at least one financial setback such as having to take on more debt or dip into personal savings, according to research from AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving.
The 445th Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly ended Monday, April 10, 2023. Over the 90 days of the legislative session, dozens of AARP Maryland volunteers reviewed hundreds of bills, from expanding broadband to behavioral health services, testified before the house and senate committees, met with lawmakers, and convened in Annapolis to discuss AARP’s legislative priorities.
A lifesaving new law caps insulin costs for people with Medicare, saving people with diabetes hundreds of dollars per year. Now, 8,403 Marylanders enrolled in Medicare prescription drug plans will have peace of mind knowing that they will no longer have to pay more than $35 a month for the insulin they need to stay healthy.
The unpaid care provided by the 760,000 caregivers in Maryland is valued at $12.5 billion, according to new state data available in AARP’s latest report in the Valuing the Invaluable series. This is a $2.9 billion increase in unpaid contributions since the last report was released in 2019. The report highlights the growing scope and complexity of family caregiving and highlights actions needed to address the many challenges of caring for parents, spouses, and other loved ones.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is offering free virtual companionship and personalized activities to people living at home with dementia to test whether these kinds of services can improve health and well-being.