Shirley Bell, 66, is fiercely independent and is used to doing things for herself. But six years ago, when she became the primary caregiver for her mother, she realized that sometimes everyone needs a little help.
Americans are living longer than ever before, and soon older adults will outnumber the young. Today, family caregivers are providing 90 percent of parent care, in addition to balancing work and family, a job most cannot afford to do. Who will take care of those who can no longer care for themselves? How will the nation adapt to ensure that adequate care can be provided for both the caregivers and for those being cared for?
Thanks to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who today signed the Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act. Strongly supported by AARP Arkansas, the Caregiver Act will help ease transitions from hospital to home for patients & their caregivers.
AARP invites you to join our growing number of County Advocacy Contacts (CACs). We are building a group of advocates in all 75 counties to help the voice of Arkansans 50 plus be heard on important issues like the health care Private Option, Social Security, Medicare and caregiving.
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