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Lynn Friss Feinberg, MSW, is a senior strategic policy advisor for the AARP Public Policy Institute. She has conducted policy analysis and applied research on family caregiving and long-term services and supports for more than 30 years.

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Setting the Pace for Identifying Family Caregiver Needs in Home- and Community-Based Services

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteThe times, they are a-changing. Consumers and their family members are applauding a final rule for Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) programs released last month by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). For the first time, CMS has formally recognized the importance of assessing the needs of family caregivers through new requirements for “person-centered care planning.” This is a huge step forward. Because family caregivers are a core part of health care and long-term care, experts have …

Easing the Burdens on Family Caregivers: Are We Listening to Their Needs?

Posted on 12/9/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteFamily caregivers wear many hats. They help their loved ones cope with the bewildering complexity and fragmentation of the long-term services and supports (LTSS) system. They often provide daily care, such as help with bathing or dressing, providing transportation to medical appointments, handling bills, preparing special diets, or managing multiple complex medications. They often do these tasks on top of other work and family responsibilities. But who is listening to them? How are they coping? It is time to think …

Giving Family Caregivers the Respect and Support They Deserve

Posted on 09/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Home & Family | Public Policy InstituteCaring for a loved one with chronic or disabling conditions is a daily struggle for millions of American families. For decades, these intensely personal and family needs have generally been viewed as private issues and largely overlooked in public policy, although it would cost an estimated $450 billion to replace that care. But that may be changing. The federal Commission on Long-Term Care has taken an important step to elevate family caregiving as a public issue that can no longer …

Now’s the Time for a National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

Posted on 07/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Public Policy InstituteThose of us who work in the field of aging know that chronic illness, disability and frailty affect not only individuals, but also families. Nearly all my friends and coworkers have a story about the often costly, confusing and stressful experience of caring for their aging parents or another older relative or friend. This is the “new normal” of family care in the United States. It is up close and intensely personal, and often the system fails us, too. Most …

Supporting Family Caregivers With Leave Policies in the Workplace

Posted on 06/17/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Home & Family | Public Policy Institute | WorkMy sisters and I are long-distance caregivers for our 92-year old mom. We have already experienced this profound caregiving journey, having cared for our dad for nearly seven years before he died at age 94. We know how overwhelming and stressful it can be to juggle work and caregiving responsibilities. But my sisters and I are far from alone. Many of my work friends and colleagues are family caregivers too. Nearly two out of three (62%) workers aged 45 to …