I Heart Caregivers

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Learning to accept help is as important as learning how to give it
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Caregiving crises can erupt with a phone call. For me it happened on a glorious sunny morning in the summer of 2008 with a ring from my sister. Within hours of hearing that Mom’s caregiver needed to be fired, panic and fear rained down on me because we realized Mom would soon have to leave home.
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As state lawmakers near a key deadline, the 2018 legislative session’s first funnel of February 16, AARP leaders and activists descended on the State Capitol this morning for the Association’s annual lobby day, urging lawmakers to pass the 2018 Iowa CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act. The bill (HF 2289/SSB 3123), with no cost to the state or taxpayers, would provide vital support for Iowa’s more than 317,000 family caregivers who help their older parents, spouses and other loved ones live safely and independently at home.
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Hawaii’s 154,000 family caregivers have more support when a loved one – such as a parent, spouse or friend – goes into the hospital because the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act is now a law as of  July 1.
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Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the continuum of caregiving—starting to plan, helping to coordinate a big move, or taking care of a family member in your home—having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier.
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AARP Maine Honors Wells Caregiver with Portrait of Care
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 “A good day was filled with joy and laughter. The tough time was exhaustion—the constant lifting and lack of sleep," Yvette, Boise, ID.
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Are you or a friend one of the caregivers we love? Not only do we want to hear your stories, but we’d like to thank you in a very special way.  In honor of November being National Family Caregivers Month, those who submit stories to our I Heart Caregivers page will receive a copy of a special caregiving-inspired print created by noted Los Angeles Cartoonist, Lalo Alcaraz.
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November marks National Family Caregiving Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – and 173,000 in New Hampshire – who help older parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at over $2.2 billion in the Granite State alone.
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