Caring for a parent, spouse, or other loved one can be a 24/7 job that is emotionally, physically and financially difficult. That’s why AARP works tirelessly to support family caregivers, striving to make your big responsibilities a little bit easier.
Nearly 173,000 Granite Staters care for older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities – or other loved ones – helping them to live independently in their homes and communities. Which is where they want to be. What’s more, these caregivers provide more than $2.3 billion each year in uncompensated services.
With nearly 10 million new cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease occurring each year 1, and no cure, today AARP launched a new campaign, “ Disrupt Dementia.”
AARP’s recent survey shows that positive emotions far outweigh negative emotions for both family caregivers and care recipients. Family caregivers report more positive emotions despite half feeling stressed or worried and care recipients report more positive emotions despite 6 out of 10 feeling less independent. The survey also found that family caregivers who felt more prepared to take on their role were more likely to report positive emotions than negative.
Thanks to the hard work of AARP New Hampshire and others, the state legislature passed – and Governor Maggie Hassan signed – a bill to better support New Hampshire’s 173,000 family caregivers. Every day, these Granite Staters help their older parents, spouses and other loved ones remain in their homes, where they want to be.
To recognize her work in supporting family caregivers in New Hampshire, AARP honored Governor Maggie Hassan as a 2015 Capitol Caregiver. AARP’s 2015 Capitol Caregiver represents a bipartisan group of state legislators, lieutenant governors and governors from 25 states.
Throughout 2015, AARP New Hampshire has been fighting for you and your family, focused on key issues you’re facing in your daily lives. Because of this work, the 173,000 family caregivers in New Hampshire have more support!
Legislators, leaders from the public and private sector, and advocates will convene at a National Forum on Family Caregiving to elevate the conversation about this pressing issue of national importance that can no longer be ignored.
We often joke about memory loss but what happens when it becomes more than a senior moment? What is the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia – on the person, the caregiver, society, and the economy? And what can we do about it?
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