Family caregivers in Connecticut provided 427 million hours of care—worth an estimated $5.93 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion), and nearly equaled the annual sales ($469 billion) of the four largest U.S. tech companies combined (Apple, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Microsoft) in 2013.
The United Hospital Fund and AARP Public Policy Institute issued a report with compelling new evidence that family caregivers who provide complex chronic care to people who also have cognitive and behavioral health conditions face particularly demanding challenges, including high levels of self-reported depression. As a result, a majority of them (61 percent) reported feeling stress “sometimes to always,” between their caregiving responsibilities and trying to meet other work or family obligations.
The director of AARP’s Public Policy Institute visited Kona on Tuesday, March 25 to speak at a free community event focusing on caregiving and long-term care at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.
Dick Chevrefils, volunteer State President of AARP New Hampshire, offers these thoughts on why expanding Medicaid is good for New Hampshire and midlife adults.
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