ROANOKE_ Every day, more than 1 million Virginians care for older parents, spouses, and adult children with disabilities, helping with everything from driving to the doctor’s office or getting groceries to balancing checkbooks and helping with medical care.

AARP is hosting an event focusing on hearing the needs of family caregivers at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at South County Library, 6303 Merriman Road, Roanoke.

Caring for a parent, spouse or other loved one can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be challenging.  It is helpful for caregivers to ask themselves the following questions:

  • Do you spend several hours per week—or more—helping a loved one with housekeeping, driving, grocery shopping, medical care or financial responsibilities?
  • Do you sometimes put the needs of your loved one before your own?
  • Are you overwhelmed with the responsibility of caring for a loved one along with work and other aspects of your life?

Caregivers who answer “yes” to any of these questions could likely use help, and AARP Virginia wants to hear about their needs at this session.

Local legislators have been invited to the forum, and the caregivers’ input will help shape how AARP Virginia advocates for them at the General Assembly. AARP also will share the stories with lawmakers across the state.

The event is free, but registration is required. To R.S.V.P, call1-877-926-8300 or aarp.cvent.com/CaregiverListeningRoanoke425

Family caregivers who cannot attend, but want to share their story, should visit aarp.org/iheartcaregivers.

With more than 1 millio

n members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ and their families in the Commonwealth.

To learn more about AARP Virginia, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aarpvirginia and follow @AARPVa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aarpva.

 

AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering Americans 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With nearly 38 million members and offices in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP works to strengthen communities and advocate for what matters most to families with a focus on health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment. AARP also works for individuals in the marketplace by sparking new solutions and allowing carefully chosen, high-quality products and services to carry the AARP name. As a trusted source for news and information, AARP produces the nation’s largest circulation publications, AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin. To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.