— By Sarah Hollander Soon after Mary Relotto moved her 90-year-old mother into her Columbus home last fall, she realized she would need help. While family members can perform nursing tasks for a loved one at home, state regulations restrict the tasks that hired caregivers can provide. Home health aides can assume many tasks, but nurses must perform others, including the administration of medications. Relotto, a 52-year-old business consultant, said she wanted more flexible options. “If I’m the responsible party, then …

— 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) …

— New report reveals stress on family caregivers’ health and finances; identifies policies to help support caregivers   WASHINGTON, DC — Family caregivers in Virginia provided 956 million hours of care—worth an estimated $11.8 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 …

— FOR RELEASE: 12:01 am ET July 16, 2015   CONTACT: Jane Margesson AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 jmargesson@aarp.org Twitter:@aarpmaine   Maine Family Caregivers Provide $ 2.2 Billion in Unpaid Care According to AARP Study New report reveals stress on family caregivers’ health and finances; identifies policies to help support caregivers     WASHINGTON, DC — Family caregivers in Maine provided 165 million hours of care—worth an estimated $2.2 billion —to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in …

Most Livable Neighborhoods

— Is Your Neighborhood Livable Today and in the Future? Philadelphia, Allentown and Erie Score High in New Livability Index The AARP Public Policy Institute today is launching the AARP Livability Index, a first of its kind resource that allows people to determine how well their communities are meeting their current and future needs. People, policy makers and the private sector can use the Livability Index to measure how their location – down to the neighborhood level – rates across a …

— 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.  Adding to the challenge, people with cognitive and …

— 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. Susan Reinhard is the author of a national study that challenges the assumptions many people have of family caregiving. The study, Home Alone found that as people live longer, family caregivers are called upon to provide increasingly complex kinds of care – such as injections and wound …

— Dick Chevrefils, volunteer State President of AARP New Hampshire, offers these thoughts on why expanding Medicaid is good for New Hampshire and midlife adults. We finished a special session of the New Hampshire legislature in November where we came close to reaching an agreement on expanding Medicaid.  While AARP applauds the efforts made to reach an agreement and the recognition that we need to do something, it is not enough to merely say something needs to be done. For every …

— Today, AARP Public Policy Institute released a new report examining the use of hospital observation status for Medicare patients. Hospital emergency rooms sometimes hold patients for observation before admitting them or sending them home. The use of this service, known as observation status, has grown rapidly in recent years. For Medicare patients, the distinction is important because it can affect out-of-pocket costs. Use of observation status as a substitute for admission also raises concerns about quality of care. The report, …

— For all the talk about Social Security, one thing you never hear is the vital role it plays as an engine of the U.S. economy. Yet Social Security benefits do more than keep millions of families afloat and help middle-class workers stay independent after decades of labor. Those payments also fuel a vast amount of economic activity in Ohio and throughout the nation, providing a little-noted economic benefit that helps us all. In fact, Social Security’s $762 billion in benefits …