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Support for Caregivers on AARP's Legislative Agenda


When lawmakers return to Albany in January, AARP will be there pushing for more support for the state’s 2.2 million family caregivers.

Top priorities for AARP New York include increased funding for home- and community-based services and for respite programs that give family caregivers a break from their duties.

A 2022 AARP survey of New Yorkers 45 and older found that 83 percent strongly support or somewhat support the state expanding funding for respite care.

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AARP will also urge legislators to boost funding for the state’s long-term care ombudsman program—which advocates for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities—and to raise pay for home care workers. More support for these programs would ease the burden on family caregivers, says Kristen McManus, AARP New York associate state director for advocacy.

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