The silent and dedicated army of 123,000 unpaid caregivers in Delaware have some hope on the horizon. That’s thanks to Delaware’s Senate, who recently introduced the CARE Act into this year’s Legislative session for vote. The bill, Senate Bill 52, is moving to the House for vote soon. The bill would provide more support for caregivers and will make it easier for those receiving care to remain at home – which is where they want to be.
About 500 people attended AARP’s annual Caregiver Conference at the Japanese Cultural Center on Saturday, April 2. The free event, co-sponsored by Wilson Care Group, covered topics ranging from managing complex change to the latest research on promoting brain health – and connected residents with information and resources to help caregivers support their aging loved ones.
The CARE Act crossed an important hurdle at the legislature in March as Senate CPH Chair Rosalyn Baker and Senate HMS Chair Suzanne Chun Oakland passed the bill out of their respective committees, with friendly amendments.
Legislators, caregivers, and kupuna advocates took part in radio interviews from the State Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, March 29, to talk about the challenges facing Hawaii’s caregivers and the status of legislation supporting caregivers and their families. The program was held in connection with Family Caregiver Awareness Day at the Capitol, an annual event focusing on issues important to caregivers and the elderly and disabled in their care.
Arlene and her husband had just celebrated their 50th anniversary when he had his first of two back surgeries, before being diagnosed with cancer and passing five years later. Arlene was the primary caregiver for her husband throughout his illness, doing everything she could to keep her husband at home. While she wouldn’t have had it any other way, she said there were times during her caregiving journey she would have welcomed additional support and instruction.
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