— To honor his integral work supporting Wyoming’s family caregivers, AARP names Wyoming Governor Matt Mead as 2018 “Capitol Caregiver,” a bipartisan group of 65 elected officials from 24 states. These leaders have advanced policies that support Wyoming’s family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and in the community—where they want to be. Mead was honored with the Capitol Caregiver Award for his work to restore funding for Home and Community Based Services …

— AARP Iowa is taking its show on the road over the next two weeks to talk about caregiving issues with Iowans across the state ahead of the 2019 Iowa legislative session, which is set to begin on January 14. One of the big issues up for discussion is the Iowa CARE Act, which outlines commonsense steps to help Iowa’s more than 317,000 family caregivers when their loved one goes into the hospital and as they transition home.  In addition, AARP …

— 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 …

— A new law will help ensure that hospitals are providing caregivers the assistance they need so patients can receive proper treatment when they go home. In 2014, Oklahoma was the first state in the country to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which requires hospitals to record the name of a caregiver during admission, to notify that person if the patient is moved or discharged and to prepare the caregiver for simple medical tasks at home. But AARP …

— By Joanne Cleaver Caregiving responsibilities have been growing for Jim and Dianne Senderhauf, of Oshkosh. For years the couple has been helping an older relative with mental disabilities navigate his daily life. The Senderhaufs manage his money, transport him to doctors’ appointments and remain on call. In the past year, the Senderhaufs, who are 75 and 71, respectively, have taken on a similar role for two additional older relatives, ages 83 and 85. “It’s a lot of time,” said Jim …

— On July 9, Missouri became the 40th state to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act. Signed by Gov. Mike Parson (R), the law will support unpaid family caregivers by requiring hospitals to record their names when their loved ones are admitted; notify caregivers when their loved ones are moved or discharged; and instruct caregivers on the medical tasks they will need to perform at home. Missourians spend more than 700 million hours each year providing care for family members—a …

— Legislation would help Iowa’s 317,000 family caregivers Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds and Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell both voiced support for passage of a CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act in Iowa in a recently recorded video voter guide interview with AARP Iowa. The candidates for Governor were asked four questions about aging issues in Iowa, and had one minute to provide their answers to each. Both candidates were posed the question, “What would you do to provide more support …

— For the hundreds of thousands of caregivers across Kansas tirelessly caring for their parents, spouses, and other loved ones so they can live independently at home, help is here. The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act took effect on July 1, 2018, giving caregivers support as their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Across Kansas, 345,000 caregivers spend four million hours each year caring for loved ones – a contribution totaling about $3.8 billion in unpaid care. …

— A new law, which took effect July 1, aims to ease the transition from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers. Under the Kansas Lay Caregiver Act, hospitals must give every patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver. The hospital must make reasonable efforts to notify the caregiver when the patient is transferred or released, and to show the caregiver how to handle follow-up care at home. More than 345,000 Kansans serve as unpaid family caregivers. For more information, …

—   Every day in Kansas, more than 340,000 people care for a loved one, helping them to live independently at home and in the community. While family caregiving is a labor of love, it can also be emotionally, physically and financially challenging. Thankfully, a new law called The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act is now helping family caregivers across our state. The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, is a law that helps family caregivers when …