At any given time, about 770,000 Marylanders are taking care of aging or ailing loved ones. But who’s looking out for the caregivers?
AARP is focused on honoring the 42 million Americans who care for a loved one. Not only is caregiving helping folks live longer, but AARP Maryland is also urging lawmakers to pass a Caregivers Bill of Rights during the 2014 legislative session. The measure would call for public policies that could make it easier for caregivers to juggle multiple roles.
In 2010 there were about seven potential caregivers ages 45 to 64 for every person in the high-risk years of 80-plus, but that ratio will drop to 4-to-1 by 2030, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. Learn more at the AARP Caregiving Resource Center.
Want to help pass the bill or tell your Maryland caregiving story? Email Tammy Bresnahan, AARP associate state director for advocacy, at email@example.com, or share your story in the field below and send it to us. The stories will be used to help lawmakers understand caregivers’ plight.
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