— By Vanessa Ho A few years ago, state Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) got a close look at the financial toll of long-term care when her mother-in-law went on Medicaid. “It’s incredibly stressful to spend down your parents’ assets until they don’t have anything,” said Jinkins, whose mother-in-law, 93, has dementia and lives in a licensed adult family home. The experience reinforced Jinkins’ goal to help Washingtonians pay for long-term care. This year she will reintroduce legislation to establish a state …

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— By Laura Mecoy AARP California has an ambitious lineup for 2019, according to its state director. “We’re focusing on supporting family caregivers and the launch of a retirement savings program, and encouraging communities to be age-friendly, along with protecting Social Security and Medicare,” said Nancy McPherson. “We do this through outreach and education—and with the support of volunteers who share the same passions,” she added. Among the ways AARP California is getting its message out is by organizing teams of …

— Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Opportunity The Northern Virginia Long-Term Care Program is seeking volunteer advocates in the following jurisdictions; Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria. They want volunteers who are empathetic, diplomatic, assertive, and skilled communicators who can: Visit local nursing and assisted living facilities Work to protect resident rights and help resolve problems Dedicate four hours/week for one year Conduct visits between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday Receive ongoing training and support   …

— By Diana Lamirand AARP Indiana wants older Hoosiers to be able to remain in their homes as long as possible, with access to health care, connectivity to their communities, and care provided by family members when needed. Ambre Marr, the association’s state legislative director, outlined AARP’s top priorities for the legislative session that begins Jan. 3: Expand the ability of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to provide care, promote access to and education about broadband services, and build support for …

— By Tim Poor In his 30 years as a pharmacist, state Sen. David Sater (R-Cassville) saw firsthand the hard choices that many people must make when they can’t afford the medicine they need. “They forgo buying medication because they need a new refrigerator or car repair,” he said. “They don’t have a lot of extra money, so when something comes up, something’s got to go.” That’s why Sater has been leading a drive in the state legislature to fully restore …

— By Philip Lentz Audrieka Goodbee, 66, and her sister, Jill Jefferson, 64, are good daughters. They’re doing everything they can to help their parents—Clarence Jefferson, 97, and Emma Jefferson, 91—continue to live in their Co-op City apartment in the Bronx. Clarence, a World War II veteran, is blind and hard of hearing, and both he and Emma are beginning to experience dementia. Although the daughters live upstate, they buy food, medications and supplies for their parents. Recently, they arranged for …

— By Mac McLean Alison Bookman-Skidmore can see pure relief on the faces of family caregivers who pick up their loved ones from the two adult-day-service centers she manages in Portland. “It gives caregivers a break, makes their jobs more manageable and gives them some time to themselves,” said Bookman-Skidmore, a program director at Volunteers of America Oregon. But relief does not come cheap. A single day at either facility costs $75 for those without Medicaid benefits. Bookman-Skidmore said the cost …

— The First State has 123,000 family caregivers, making Delaware 12th in the nation in the number of people, per capita, caring for a loved one. AARP Delaware is advocating for legislation that would allow home health aides to administer medication at home. The Share the Care Act would permit a family caregiver to give written authorization and instructions to home health care workers and provide them with the necessary prepackaged and labeled medications. Often, caregivers must interrupt their workdays or …

— 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, …

— AARP Rhode Island is hosting a paint night during National Caregivers Month to support the estimated 134,000 family caregivers in the state. Enjoy an evening of creativity, friendship and fun at “The He(art) of the Caregiver” event, where members can create a work of art for themselves or as a gift for the caregivers in their lives. Participants may also give this evening out to a caregiver as respite. Occurring on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., the event will …