4 States

— Half of the nation’s 40 million family caregivers are performing complicated medical/nursing tasks for their family members and friends, including giving injections, preparing special diets, managing tube feedings, and handling medical equipment, according to a new Home Alone Revisited report. In addition, 70 percent of these caregivers are dealing with the stress of managing pain relief in the midst of a national opioid crisis. Home Alone Revisited: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care is a special report from the Founders of …

— ROANOKE_ Every day, more than 1 million Virginians care for older parents, spouses, and adult children with disabilities, helping with everything from driving to the doctor’s office or getting groceries to balancing checkbooks and helping with medical care. AARP is hosting an event focusing on hearing the needs of family caregivers at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, at South County Library, 6303 Merriman Road, Roanoke. Caring for a parent, spouse or other loved one can be a rewarding experience, but …

— RALEIGH – A new survey of North Carolina registered voters ages 40 plus finds that the vast majority of respondents (83.5 percent) of current caregivers said that they will provide future caregiving or assistance on an unpaid basis to an adult loved one. It also found that over 95 percent think it is important to have services available in their communities to help older adults live independently. Caregivers are feeling stressed The survey of 800 registered voters conducted by AARP …

— By Kelly Ganski Chicago has one of the largest Latino populations in the country, about 800,000 people, according to the Census Bureau. But in recent years, the number of Latinos living elsewhere in Illinois has grown to an estimated 1.3 million—about 10 percent of the state’s population—and many lack access to the types of bilingual services and resources found in Cook County. That’s why AARP Illinois is increasing its focus on other parts of the state this year. “I think …

— AARP Louisiana supports caregivers by making it easier for people to remain in their homes. You can join that mission. The State Legislature reconvenes in Baton Rouge on April 8, and the state office is urging members to volunteer to advance issues affecting people 50-plus. Caregiving remains a top priority. AARP Louisiana is working for policies that will assist the state’s 660,000 unpaid family caregivers. AARP advocates helped pass a law, effective Jan. 1, allowing families to stay connected to …

— Don’t miss out. AARP Mississippi reminds members to sign up for email alerts that will let them know what the state office is offering to residents over age 50. Stay up to date with what AARP Mississippi’s team is doing to advocate in the Legislature for the state’s retirees and 501,000 unpaid family caregivers. In the past year, AARP has held free webinars on retirement planning and making sense of Medicare and open enrollment, an online career networking expo to …

4 States

— AARP offers these views in increasing funding to help family caregivers in New Hampshire. AARP wants better support for family caregivers who bear the brunt of caregiving in New Hampshire.  Although Medicaid is a major funder of long-term care in New Hampshire, there are 173,000 family caregivers providing care that is valued at over $2 billion a year. This care is irreplaceable and we must do more to support these caregivers by providing respite and other supports so they can …

4 States

— With week nine in the books, we have officially completed the last full week of South Dakota’s 2019 legislative session.  We spent this week wrapping up our work in the Capitol and looking ahead to the priorities that have been laid out for 2019. This week, we testified in support of three bills which we have been following throughout the legislative session: On Monday, AARP South Dakota testified in favor of House Bill (HB) 1099.  HB 1099 is a caregiver …

— Family caregiving is central to AARP’s social mission. One of the tools we have to help support caregivers is The Prepare to Care workshop. This volunteer led workshop focuses on giving caregivers a framework to actively prepare for the care their older loved ones may need You are invited to join a team of volunteers who will be making Prepare to Care presentations to help people understand the importance of planning before a crisis. During the training you’ll review the …

— The state Legislature gets back to work March 5, and AARP Alabama is ready to advocate on many issues important to people 50 and older. The state office will focus particularly on legislation to help family caregivers. Alabama’s 761,000 caregivers provide more than $7.7 billion worth of unpaid assistance to aging or ailing loved ones, according to an AARP Public Policy Institute survey. AARP is also pressing for legislation to protect older adults from abuse and to ensure strong legal …