— See our time-sensitive Action Alert below! Of the more than 844,000 family caregivers in Massachusetts, very few are reimbursed for the care they provide. In fact, the estimated value of this care exceeds $11 billion per year, based on data from 2013. Most family caregivers help their loved ones with “activities of daily living” or ADLs. These include everyday functions and activities that individuals usually do without help, including bathing, continence, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring. In addition, many caregivers …

— BOSTON – AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa and volunteer State President Sandra Albright joined AARP volunteers and representatives of several elder advocacy groups at the Massachusetts State House today for the Securing the Future of Aging event to show support for issues important to the 50+ population, such as caregiving, healthy aging, elder economic security, elder financial abuse, and age-friendly communities. AARP Massachusetts joined Alice Bonner, Secretary of Elder Affairs, Representative Danielle Gregoire (D- 4th Middlesex), Chair of the …

— Caring for a friend, family member or loved one? You’re not alone. There are more than 42 million family caregivers in the US and more than 844,000 in Massachusetts, providing care for aging parents, spouses, friends or other loved ones, enabling them to live independently in their own homes. Join AARP for a lightly facilitated, engaging conversation about family caregiving. Discover five key steps to aid you in your caregiving journey. Connect and exchange tips and ideas with fellow caregivers, …

— By Jill Gambon Fran Lautenberger, a retired theater professor, doesn’t mind getting up in front of strangers and talking. Looking for volunteer opportunities after moving to Cape Cod from Alaska, she signed up with AARP Massachusetts to give workshops on fraud prevention. She liked the idea of learning something new and sharing the information with others. She went through training to master the material and now gives presentations to community groups and at libraries, senior centers and other venues. “I’m …

— AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act went into effect as state law on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017! Every day more than 844,000 Massachusetts residents help their parents, spouses or loved ones live independently at home. These family caregivers take on huge responsibilities that can be stressful, exhausting and overwhelming. In 2015 in Massachusetts, family caregivers provided an estimated 786 million hours of unpaid care valued at approximately $11.6 billion annually. The CARE Act supports family …

— ♥ November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time set aside to recognize and champion unpaid family caregivers and the care they provide to loved ones. The distinction and annual theme, which this year is “Caregiving Around the Clock,” is organized by the Caregiver Action Network. In Massachusetts, there are more than 844,000 unpaid family caregivers. Few understand family caregiving as much as Liz O’Donnell, a Massachusetts resident and author, speaker, and entrepreneur. O’Donnell is the founder of WorkingDaughter.com, a community for …

— By Jill Gambon For five years, Vanessa Hogan cared for her sister, Dianna, who suffered from lymphoma, lupus, congestive heart failure and other chronic ailments. Emergency room visits, hospital stays and doctor appointments were frequent. Hogan accompanied her to appointments and visited her at least twice a day in the hospital, because she felt it was crucial that her sister have an advocate by her side. “Not having someone there with you is so hard. If you’re sick, you can’t …

— AARP is pleased to endorse the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (H.R. 3759) that will create a strategy to support family caregivers. The Senate recently passed the RAISE Act in a unanimous vote, which AARP applauded. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) was a Senate co-sponsor of the bill. Now it’s time for the House to do the same by approving H.R. 3759 — and you can help by calling your U.S. Representative and urging her/him to …

—   Family Caregivers Speak to Legislators On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, AARP Massachusetts state president Mike Festa and two AARP volunteers, Vanessa Hogan, and Madhav Kacker, offered personal family caregiving stories to the legislators who sit on the Joint Committee on Revenue, during a public hearing on An Act to Establish the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, Senate Bill 1530 and House Bill 1643. This legislation would help family caregivers in the state by providing a tax credit for certain expenses incurred by the caregivers. Vanessa Hogan of Boston, …

— NEW! AARP Delivers for Family Caregivers Every day, you deliver medicine. You deliver meals. You deliver love. Now, it’s our turn to deliver for you. Share your family caregiving story with AARP and we’ll give you a gift card for gas, groceries, or the drug store. All while we continue to fight for more support for family caregivers like help at home, workplace flexibility, training, relief—and much more. That’s how AARP will keep delivering, for you. Have you checked out I …