HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION
RICHMOND_ AARP members and family caregivers will head to the Virginia General Assembly on Tuesday, January 24 to urge their legislators to pass a resolution to help people who care for family members at home. More than 100 people are expected to visit their legislators on Tuesday morning.
Participants will gather at 9 a.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 8 th and Grace Streets before heading to meet with their legislators.
Family caregivers provide the vast majority of long-term services and supports for older adults and individuals with disabilities. More than 1 million family caregivers in Virginia help their loved ones to live independently, keeping them out of costly, taxpayer-funded institutional settings. In Virginia, family caregivers provide a total of 956 million hours of unpaid care each year, providing nearly $11.8 billion of uncompensated care. Family caregivers are at higher risk for stre
ss, depression, physical and financial problems, and increased mortality.
House Joint Resolution 680, sponsored by Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, (D-Springfield), would establish a task force to study issues related to family caregiving and report back to the General Assembly prior to the 2018 legislative session. The report shall identify barriers and challenges to providing unpaid care; compile an inventory of policies, resources, and programs available to family caregivers; and recommend new innovative means of providing support and assistance to family caregivers to enable them to continue to provide services and support.
Nearly three-quarters of older adults and individuals with disabilities in Virginia receive services and supports in their homes and communities, relying on an unpaid caregiver, often a spouse, partner, family member, friend, or neighbor, for assistance. By 2030, 24 percent of the state’s population, or approximately 2.3 million Virginians, will be age 60
or older-- a 64 percent increase in two decades. In the same year, Baby Boomers will begin to turn 84 years of age, and the number of potential family caregivers will decline from 7.2 to an estimated 4 family caregivers for every person age 80 or older - a 55 percent reduction since 2010.
The creation of this task force is supported by the National MS Society, AARP Virginia and the Virginia Caregiver Coalition.
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