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NY Legislators Share Their Experiences to Mark National Family Caregivers Month

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November is National Family Caregivers Month and AARPNY reached out to New York Legislators so they can share their experiences on being a family caregiver. 75% of New York’s unpaid family caregivers are feeling stressed by having to balance their job and family.

Did you know that 80% of New York registered voters 50 and over - including over 70% of Republicans, Democrats and independents – think their elected representatives should increase funding for respite programs to provide family caregivers a much-needed break?

Stress and support for respite funding are what AARP New York found in a statewide telephone survey of 1,201 registered voters age 50-plus, over 500 of whom identified as current or former caregivers, released in January.

Several state lawmakers and New York City Council Members spoke by video with AARP New York about their own experiences as family caregivers in honor of National Family Caregivers Month.

They are among 2.5 million New Yorkers who provide unpaid care to family members and other loved ones. It’s a common but unsung labor of love that helps our parents, grandparents, spouses and other loved ones age with dignity in their own homes and communities.

Check out videos from each legislator to learn more about their personal experiences on being a family caregiver:

1. Council Member Crystal Hudson: NYC District 35

CM Hudson Caregiving.mp4

2. Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre: Assembly District 11

Assm. JeanPierre, Kimberly_Caregiving Questions Video.mp4

3. Assemblymember Ron Kim: Assembly District 40

Assm. Kim, Ron_Caregiving Questions Video.mp4

4. Council Member Linda Lee: NYC District 23

CM Lee Caregiving.mp4

5. Senator Rachel May: NY Senate District 53

Sen. May, Rachel_Caregiving Questions Video.mp4

6. Council Member Julie Menin: NYC District 5

CM Menin Caregiving.mp4

7. Council Member Lynn Schulman: NYC District 29

CM Schulman Caregiving.mp4

8. Senator Sue Serino: NY Senate District 41

Sen. Serino, Sue_Caregiving Questions Video.mp4

9. Senator James Tedisco: NY Senate District 49

Sen. Tedisco, James_Caregiving Question Video.mp4

To learn about available resources for Family Caregiving, visit: https://aarp.org/caregiving

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