— Private sector workers in New York who are also family caregivers became eligible for paid family leave as of Jan. 1. Under a new law proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and supported by AARP New York, workers can take as much as eight weeks of family leave to care for older relatives, as well as to bond with newborns. They receive half their average weekly pay—or up to half the statewide average, whichever is less. By 2021, the maximums …

— When the legislature convenes in January, AARP Nebraska will be backing a package of legislation to help ease the burden on nearly 200,000 unpaid family caregivers in the state. One proposed bill would offer a tax credit to reimburse families for some of the costs associated with caregiving. Another would allow hours for caregiving as part of paid family and medical leave. A third bill would provide workplace protections, so employers could not discriminate against family caregivers. And a fourth …

— Association Joined Gov. Cuomo to Fight for New Law; Now Launching Educational Campaign via Airwaves NEW YORK, N.Y. – AARP is taking to the airwaves to make sure working New Yorkers know they can start taking advantage of the state’s new paid family leave law beginning January 1. AARP New York is spreading the news via television, radio, social media and other media that private sector and some public sector employees can take up to eight weeks of partially paid, …

— Clackamas, Oregon – Oregon nationally ranks 4th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, family caregivers and people with disabilities, according to a new national report.  “Picking Up the Pace of Change: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports” from AARP ranks the 50 states and DC.  It is the third in a series of scorecards from AARP with the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation. Oregon has moved down from third in the …

— By Beth Levine Three years ago, Rosina Zezima, then 89, fell in a parking lot near her Stamford home, shattering her femur. Her two daughters scrambled to care for her while still working. “I took off personal and sick days from work,” said Liz Zezima, of Fairfield, who works in the international trading field. This was not the first time the family had been through this. Liz Zezima, 60, took time from work in 1995 and 2011 when her father …

— AARP Maine is urging state lawmakers to support legislation in 2017 that could ease the burden on family caregivers. One proposed bill would let workers use paid family leave to care for a loved one without risk of losing their job. Another proposal would provide a tax credit for caregiving expenses such as buying a medical device or hiring a home health care worker. More than 178,000 Mainers provide unpaid services to help an aging loved one continue to live …

— There are nearly 600,000 family caregivers in Minnesota who are taking care of an adult relative, spouse or friend.  There are even more who are caring for children or grandchildren and most of these unsung heroes are doing so while working, raising families and trying to save for their kids college or their own retirement.  And most are doing so without basic workplace protections.  In fact, only 13 percent of Minnesota workers have paid family and medical leave through their employers.  AARP …

AARP visits Capitol Hill for State Lobby Day

— Illness can cause an insurmountable amount of debt for couples — especially when it requires long term care. These families facing debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s can’t afford afford to pay for expensive long term care out of pocket but they also can’t afford Medical Assistance. To qualify for Medical Assistance, couples are often forced to deplete their assets in order to qualify which means in order to care for one spouse both must enter poverty.  For too many the …

— ALBANY, New York – Statement by AARP NYS Director Beth Finkel on the paid family leave provision in the 2016-17 State Budget: “This strongest-in-the-nation paid family leave program announced by the Governor and legislative leaders will undoubtedly provide critical support to New York’s family caregivers, allowing them to take care of our aging parents, spouses and other family members without worrying about losing their job or all their income. “AARP applauds Governor Cuomo and the Legislature for their bold leadership …

— Governor to Address 10K+ AARP Members on Teletown Hall AARP urges 2.6 million members in New York State to call on legislature to pass Governor’s 12-week proposal AARP today endorsed Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to create a paid family leave law that would be stronger than any already on the books to help New York’s family caregivers, and the Governor is planning to speak directly to AARP members from across the state during a teletown hall this evening to urge …