For the first time since AARP began publishing the Scorecard in 2011, more than half of Medicaid long-term care dollars nationwide for older adults and people with physical disabilities went to home- and community-based services instead of nursing homes and other institution.
(Jackson, MS) — The unpaid care provided by the 470,000 caregivers in Mississippi is valued at $5.6 billion, according to new state data available in AARP’s latest report in the Valuing the Invaluable series. In the last report that covered 2019, the amount was $4.7 billion. 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.
More than 369,000 incidents of financial abuse targeting older adults are reported to authorities in the U.S. each year, causing an estimated $4.8 billion in losses. And those numbers likely understate the problem considerably. However, it’s good to remember that there are things we can do to stop elder financial exploitation.
During the AARP Mississippi Cares Conference, we will recognize a family caregiver. Family caregivers provide unpaid help to loved ones and/or friends. Their contributions are invaluable. We invite you to nominate a family caregiver.
AARP Mississippi is committed to supporting family caregivers as they provide invaluable service to their loved ones. Mindfulness practice may provide balance and stability to the challenging and rewarding task of family caregiving.