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— New Law in New Jersey: Paid Sick Leave Across New Jersey more than 1 million family caregivers help their parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home – where they want to be. The majority of family caregivers also juggle full or part-time jobs while caregiving. AARP advocated for passage of the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act and, on October 29, 2018, New Jersey became the 10th state in the nation to require employers to provide …

— It’s been a decade since the passage of the Family Leave Insurance program, which allows New Jerseyans to take paid leave to bond with a new child or care for an ill family member. But every year less than 1 percent of those workers have taken advantage of the benefit, which is paid for by each New Jersey worker through a modest fee of around $30 annually. AARP New Jersey has created a new site, aarp.org/njcaregiving, to explain the law …

— Get Your Questions Answered at AARP’s Free Webinar for Family Caregivers Navigating Insurance for Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover …

— Monday, December 17th was a great day in Trenton for the 1.1 million family caregivers in the Garden State. AARP New Jersey applauds the passage of Assembly Bill 3514 which establishes a New Jersey Caregiver Task Force that will help determine how to best support family caregivers. With New Jersey’s 65+ population expected to double by 2050, it’s critical that our state has the services and systems in place to support the army of family caregivers who will become even …

— Nueva ley en Nueva Jersey: Licencia por enfermedad pagada En todo Nueva Jersey, más de un millón de personas ayudan a sus padres, cónyuges y otros seres queridos para que puedan permanecer en sus hogares, donde prefieren estar. La mayoría de estas personas que cuidan de un ser querido también tienen trabajos a tiempo parcial o completo mientras brindan atención. AARP abogó por la aprobación de la Ley de licencia por enfermedad pagada de Nueva Jersey y, el 29 de octubre del …

—     Across New Jersey more than 1.1 million family caregivers help their parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home – where they want to be. Family caregiving is a labor of love, but it is also complex, costly, demanding, and stressful. The majority of family caregivers also juggle full or part-time jobs while caregiving.   As workers struggle to balance caregiving with their job responsibilities, many end up facing economic hardship as the demands …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood When her mother received a late-stage-cancer diagnosis two decades ago, Cheryl Blackwell didn’t have to worry whether she would have paid time off to care for her. Blackwell worked at a New York real estate company where she was granted paid sick leave, so she could help her mother through her last six months. Now a central New Jersey resident between jobs, Blackwell has worried about whether her next employer will provide paid sick leave if …

—   AARP NJ was happy to host over 150 participants at our bilingual event for family caregivers in North Bergen, NJ on Friday, May 11th.  We highlighted our advocacy work and recent legislation passed to provide relief and support for caregivers in our state, and also had invited speakers discuss local and county programs and services, as well as tips on stress management and self-care.  Invited organizations and presenters included Hudson County Dept. of Health & Human Services, Bergen county …

— By Aliya S. King Carmen Falcón remembers her mother getting long handwritten letters from her brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. “My aunts and uncles were taking care of my grandparents and kept us informed on the ups and downs. My mom would visit Puerto Rico to provide respite for them. So, all my life, I knew that taking care of my parents would be part of my future. It’s an important part of my culture.” Falcón, 61, of Metuchen, …