— Returning to Hawai‘i to care for her mother was like a gift, a Christmas present, from Yuriko Vaughn to her mom. “I came purposely before the holidays because I didn’t want my mom to be by herself,” Vaughn said. “When I came, she was happy to see me. She thought I would be leaving right after the holidays. But I told her, ‘I am here to stay, to take care of you.’” Vaughn became the primary caregiver for her mother, …

— Every day, nearly half a million Arkansans perform a great labor of love by helping their parents and spouses remain at home. These unpaid family caregivers help their loved ones with medications, meals, bathing and dressing, chores and even complex medical tasks. Arkansas with passage and signing into law of Act 1013 of 2015—the Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act—joined the growing ranks of states working to easing the transition from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers. Additionally, AARP continues …

— November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – nearly 118,000 from Montana – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at about $1.4 billion in Montana alone. AARP Montana is recognizing Glenn Ridenour of Kalispell MT with a Portrait of Care, an artist’s painting of him …

— Emergency Caregiving Respite (ECR) is a respite care program designed to assist 24/7 family caregivers. Through ECR any Idaho caregiver providing 24/7 care to any person of any age (child, adult or elder) is eligible to apply for funding. Facts Respite care is an intermittent period of relief for primary caregivers so that s/he may take a break from the continual responsibilities of caregiving.  ECR is a short-term period of relief when there is an unforeseen emergency or crisis or …

—         LITTLE ROCK— Arkansas this Wednesday, July 22, joins the growing ranks of states that are easing the transition from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers. Every day, nearly half a million Arkansans perform a great labor of love by helping their parents and spouses remain at home. These unpaid family caregivers help their loved ones with medications, meals, bathing and dressing, chores and even complex medical tasks. Many caregivers do it all while also …

— There’s a silent army of family caregivers in this country that includes more than 100,000 North Dakotans each year. These family caregivers work tirelessly, taking on a great labor of love to ensure that their loved ones – from spouses, siblings, parents, grandparents, and friends – can live independently, with dignity, at home. They’re always on call – often with no breaks or paid vacations. And their voices need to be heard. One of those voices might even be yours. …

— PORTLAND, OR — If you provide care for an aging loved one, or expect to do so in the next few years, you should register for Navigating the Journey: Caring for those you care about, on Saturday afternoon, November 8th at the Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland. “Caregivers take care of family and loved ones because that’s what they do,” said Bandana Shrestha, Community Engagement Director for AARP Oregon.  “They don’t think of themselves as caregivers.  But the meals …

— February AARP Live Show Features Caregiving – Watch and Join the show on RFD-TV. Everyday, millions of Americans are helping take care of aging parents, a spouse or a family member. Have you helped care for a loved one or do you know someone who is a family caregiver? According to the Pew Research Center, 39% of adults in the United States care for someone with significant health issues. Don’t miss your chance to join a special conversation about caregiving on …

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— The Winter Months Can Be Tough for Caregivers.  Together, we can help. When you are a caregiver, taking time to care for yourself can be a huge challenge.  Finding an hour or two for quiet, personal time is important for everyone, but for caregivers, setting aside this private time can become even harder.  In the winter months, many caregivers feel especially isolated and even depressed, making the situation seem even more difficult. Long-term care is an issue that affects people …

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— By Margie Culbertson (This story is by Margie Culbertson, a freelance writer and AARP Mississippi volunteer. She is pictured on the left. To protect the privacy of the people interviewed for this story, some identifying characteristics have been changed.) Caregiving responsibilities are increasingly becoming the responsibility of Baby Boomers. Nearly 10 million people over the age of 50 care for their aging parents, according to a MetLife study.   I interviewed Mike, a 55-year-old Jackson man who is the caretaker for his buddy, …