Elaine Ryan is the vice president of State Advocacy and Strategy Integration (SASI) in AARP's Government Affairs group. She leads a team of dedicated legislative staff who work with AARP state offices to advance advocacy with Governors and state legislators, helping people 50+ attain and maintain their long-term financial security and health.

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Help! My Loved One Can No Longer Manage Her Finances

Jennifer had recently relocated to Wisconsin. When she went home to visit Grandma Jeanne and Grandpa Bill, she realized things were bad. “There was an overdue bill on the counter, fruit flies in the kitchen, decaying boxes full of carryout in the fridge, and my grandpa, who had always been overweight, was looking downright thin. I was shocked,” Jennifer shared on AARP’s I Heart Caregivers. Photos: A week in the life of a family caregiver » “Long story short my grandma …

Can Your Nurse Prescribe Medication?

As many family caregivers know, getting our parents, spouses or other loved ones from one place to another can sometimes be a challenge, especially if they have impaired mobility. When I was caring for my parents, taking Mom — who was confined to a wheelchair — to see the doctor was an all-day ordeal, even though his office was only a short distance away. We had to wait for the special transport van to come, wait at the doctor’s, and …

A Blueprint for Success: Supporting Family Caregivers

As I flew into Biloxi, the storm clouds parted and a rainbow appeared. Maybe it was a sign that good things are ahead for Mississippi family caregivers and the parents, spouses and other loved ones they care for. Last week while visiting Biloxi, I had the privilege to share how caring for my Mom and Pop as they aged ignited my passion to reform the way we support family caregivers in the U.S. And while there is much to be …

Una gran labor de amor

In English | Cuando apenas hemos conmemorado el día del trabajador el 7 de septiembre, deseo tomar un momento para reconocer a las 40 millones de personas en EE.UU. que realizan una gran labor de amor todos los días, al cuidar a sus padres mayores, cónyuges y otros seres queridos.  Aunque no desearían que fuese de otra forma, los cuidadores familiares frecuentemente realizan un gran trabajo. Algunos están de guardia las 24 horas, los siete días de la semana, y …

Teenage Caregiver Helped Father as He Battled Cancer

This year I had the honor of meeting Kyllian, a young New Jerseyan who, as a teenager, was a caregiver for her father. Throughout his battle with cancer, she would come home after high school every day to care for him. Her dad lost his battle to cancer a few years ago, but Kyllian’s passionate advocacy for family caregivers burns brightly. She is now in her early 20s, and her youth caregiver group is among the many supporters of the …

Thank You, Family Caregivers, for Your Labor of Love

En español | This Labor Day, I want to take a moment to recognize the 40 million Americans who perform a great labor of love every day caring for older parents, spouses and other loved ones.  While they wouldn’t have it any other way, family caregivers often have a big job. Some are on call 24-7 and often they can’t even take a break. “One day my mom became ill and my life changed in a moment, I knew I …