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Legislation Would Recognize Caregivers' Rights

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At any given time, about 770,000 Marylanders are taking care of aging or ailing loved ones. But who’s looking out for the caregivers?

AARP Maryland is urging lawmakers to pass a Caregivers Bill of Rights during the 2014 legislative session. The measure calls for the right to work for an understanding, supportive employer; to expect legislators to acknowledge the value of caregivers’ volunteer service and help ease the burden through tax credits; to expect medical professionals to recognize the caregiver’s critical role on a frail person’s health care team; and to easily find helpful resources.

Want to help pass the bill or tell your caregiving story? Email Tammy Bresnahan, AARP associate state director for advocacy, at The stories could help lawmakers understand the caregiver’s plight.

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