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Fighting for Family Caregivers
Posted By Elaine Ryan On February 24, 2014 @ 1:03 pm In Politics | Comments Disabled
Mike  is a 55-year-old Mississippian and a family caregiver for his lifelong friend Joe, who suffered a stroke. Mike has found more emotional strength than he knew he had when the reality hit that caring for Joe is a 24-hour-a-day job.
Nancy  went from daughter to family caregiver, and after weeks of sleeping in her father’s hospital room, stress-filled months and sleepless nights, she learned to rely on her siblings, make a plan and step back into her life.
Amy  is an AARP expert on caregiving, juggling work and family. She now cares for her father in her own home. Until her mother passed away recently, both of Amy’s parents lived with her.
Family caregivers are all around us: friends, family members, acquaintances — ourselves. No matter the situation, we face many challenges as we help aging parents and other loved ones live independently.
The reality is: Every day family caregivers do remarkable things. For example:
This is why AARP is fighting to make sure family caregivers have the support they need to safely help their loved ones stay at home.
This year, AARP launched a new multistate caregiving advocacy campaign, with nearly every AARP state office  involved. Working with governors, state legislators, other policymakers and community partners, we’re determined to advance policy options that will help family caregivers. Two significant components of the campaign are:
The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act
Ten AARP state offices  are working to pass the CARE Act  through state legislation or regulation this year, with Oklahoma and Hawaii leading the way.
By passing the CARE Act  these states will ensure that:
State Plan in Support of Family Caregivers
Last year Arizona , Illinois , Oklahoma , Tennessee  and West Virginia  passed state plans to better support and understand the needs of family caregivers. This year, 20 additional states are working to pass a State Plan in Support of Family Caregivers . Already, AARP New Mexico  achieved a victory, with unanimous approval of a state plan (HJM 4) by both the House and Senate. And in Mississippi , a state plan (SCR 561) has passed the Senate and has now moved to the House.
The State Plan in Support of Family Caregivers:
Additionally, AARP is fighting to:
If you are a family caregiver, you’re not alone.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/caregiving-blog.jpg
 Mike: http://states.aarp.org/compassion-caring-for-caretakers/
 Nancy: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-09-2013/my-life-as-a-caregiver.html
 Amy: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/info-11-2013/photos-caregiving-assisted-living-goyer.html#slide1
 AARP state office: http://www.aarp.org/states
 Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act,: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/CAREGIVING-CAREAct-OnePager-Design-NATIONAL-2-18-141.pdf
 State Plan in Support of Family Caregivers: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Natl-st-advocacy-agenda-LoRes_rev5.pdf
 AARP state offices: http://www.aarp.org/states/
 : http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/CAREGIVING-CAREAct-OnePager-Design-NATIONAL-2-18-14.pdf
 Oklahoma: http://states.aarp.org/unsung-unselfish-undertrained-family-caregivers/
 AARP Hawaii: http://states.aarp.org/aarp-to-urge-passage-of-caregiver-legislation-in-2014/
 For more on AARP’s advocacy: AARP Announces 2014 Advocacy Agenda: Across the States: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/02/17/aarp-announces-2014-advocacy-agenda-across-the-states/
 Arizona: http://states.aarp.org/category/arizona/
 Illinois: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/06/10/illinois-legislature-recognizes-pivotal-role-of-caregivers/
 Oklahoma: http://states.aarp.org/aarp-oklahoma-praises-house-resolution/
 Tennessee: http://states.aarp.org/are-you-a-tennessee-caregiver-here-are-resources-for-you/
 West Virginia: http://states.aarp.org/category/west-virginia/
 AARP New Mexico: http://states.aarp.org/memorial-creates-nm-task-force-on-family-caregiving/
 Mississippi: http://states.aarp.org/ms-caregiving/
 Caregiver Resource Center: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/
 AARP Advocates e-newsletter : http://action.aarp.org/site/PageServer?pagename=Get_Involved&intcmp=HP-LN-sec9-pos1
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