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Supporting Family Caregivers in Washington

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It Takes More than Love to Care for a Loved One.

Every day over 800,000 Washingtonians perform a great labor of love: caring for older parents, spouses, and other loved ones so they can remain at home—where they want to be.

Caring for a family member or close friend is one of the most important roles we are likely to play in our lifetime. Caregiving may start with driving your loved one to get groceries or going to doctor’s appointments. As time goes by, you may help in preparing meals or handling bills, and you may find yourself taking time off from work to help. You may not think of yourself as a caregiver, but if you are helping someone with daily activities like getting dressed, managing medication and providing transportation to and from appointments, then you ARE a caregiver and AARP can help.

No matter where you are in your caregiving journey — starting to plan; taking care of a friend or family member be it in a home, a facility, or from a distance; or managing end-of-life caregiving responsibilities — having the right resources, information and connections can make all the difference.

AARP Washington is here to support caregivers – and the older loved ones who count on them.  We are advocating for more support, services that are community-based or home-based, caregiver training and more. Please check out the many resources AARP has to offer on this page and thank you for joining us in honoring and supporting Washington's caregivers.


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Tackling Gaps in Long-Term Care
From the AARP Bulletin

To many lawmakers, America’s millions of caregivers are invisible. Yet, these family caregivers are the backbone of our long-term care system. Which is why AARP Washington is hard at work in Olympia advocating for the interests of caregivers and their families. Check out this article from the AARP Bulletin on the issues we’re tackling in the 2024 state legislative session.



"Caring for Caregivers" video podcast series

AARP Washington's "Caring for Caregivers" video podcast series features discussions with local experts, community leaders, and caregivers just like you on a range of topics to help you along your caregiving journey.

This month, AARP State Director Marguerite Ro talks with Rachelle Czaplinski, CTFA, Senior Trust Officer at BECU about navigating finances for caregiving. From savings options to choosing the right financial advisor and exploring investment accounts, Rachelle and Marguerite cover what you need to know.

Click here for the discussion with Rachelle. And be sure to check back often to see new episodes of "Caring for Caregivers" each month.


AARP Family Caregiving Website

The AARP Family Caregiving Website provides an easy way to join an online community of other family caregivers, learn about local services, get helpful information, and connect with others who understand caregiving challenges. 





Faces of Caregiving
Every day, you deliver medicine. You deliver meals. You deliver love. Share your family caregiving story with AARP so we can deliver for you—fighting for more support, help at home, training and more. Whether you help care for a parent, spouse, sibling, neighbor or other loved one, you have a story to tell. Read these experiences from family caregivers in Washington, and visit www.aarp.org/Iheartcaregivers to share your own.


About AARP Washington
Contact information and more from your state office. Learn what we are doing to champion social change and help you live your best life.