U.S. Senate Considers RAISE Family Caregivers Act

This week, the U.S. Senate began its consideration of the RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage) Family Caregivers Act — an important piece of legislation that would start a national conversation about ways to aid Americans’ greatest support system — family caregivers. Thanks to the leadership and support of Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the bill was quickly approved …

Thank You, Nurses!

During National Nurses Week, I am making a special effort to say “thank you” to all the nurses in my life, and I invite you to do the same. Each and every day, in communities across the country, nurses help their patients to get and stay well. They use their incredible skills to comfort us in difficult times and care for us when we’re at our most vulnerable. For America’s 40 million family caregivers, nurses often become even more heroic …

AARP Public Pension Guide Breaks Down Complex Issue for Elected Officials

My pop was a bus driver for 25 years.  Once he reached retirement, I would have loved Mom and Pop to relocate to D.C. to live with me. But they loved their life and community and wanted to age in their own home — just like millions of Americans. Luckily, Pop had a public pension, which gave him and my mom the financial security they needed to retire with confidence and dignity — and to keep living independently in their …

Recognizing the Value of Volunteers

When you work for an organization powered by more than 58,000 exceptional volunteers, National Volunteer Week is more than a footnote on the calendar. It’s an important reminder to thank and honor the unpaid heroes who make a difference in our communities through their time, experience and dedication. I see the incredible value of volunteers’ commitment every day. There is honestly no way that AARP could meet our goals for improving the lives of older Americans without their hard work. …

AARP Volunteers Are Fighting for You

During National Volunteer Week I’d like to stop and say thank you. Thank you to the thousands of AARP volunteers who are fighting for families as part of our multistate advocacy campaigns across every state, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  By giving your time and energy to advocate for the 50-plus and their families, you’ve helped to: Pass bills in nearly every state to support millions of family caregivers and the older parents, spouses and other loved …

What Is Telehealth and How Does It Help Family Caregivers?

I was a long-distance caregiver for my Mom and Pop for more than 15 years. I remember calling home to learn how Mom’s doctor’s visit went. Pop replied, “Oh, Dr. Hughes thinks the Buffalo Bills will have a great season this year.” Lots of talk about quarterbacks, but few details on her diagnosis or treatment instructions. So I made it a point to fly from Washington to Buffalo several times a month to visit, make meals and attend doctor appointments. Though it was …