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 …

AARP Heads to Silicon Valley for Innovation@50+ LivePitch Competition

The day has finally come — the AARP Innovation@50+ LivePitch competition! Perhaps you’ve heard of it. If not, let me explain. AARP’s Innovation@50+ LivePitch event, or LivePitch, is a competition for emerging start-ups in the caregiving health technology and financial technology sectors. Over the past five years, almost 30 start-up finalists have raised over $172 million in venture investments and four have been acquired. I’ll be tuning in this week via our live steam and you’re invited to do the …

Breaking Stereotypes: Male Family Caregivers

Being a family caregiver — that is, providing unpaid care to a parent, spouse, friend or other adult loved one — is hard work. It can also be rewarding work. The struggles, frustrations and stress associated with this caregiving journey cross gender lines. While the “typical” family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who takes care of a relative, 4 out of 10 caregivers are men.[i] Men, often due to societal perceptions, have been less likely to talk about the emotional …

Caregiving Takes Center Stage at BET’s Leading Women Defined Summit

In a room full of chief executives, entrepreneurs, media moguls and some of Hollywood’s best talent, the topic of caregiving took center stage. AARP hosted a panel session called “Caregiving: The Circle of Love” at BET’s eighth annual Leading Women Defined (LWD) Summit in North Miami Beach, Fla., last week. The event was a celebration of sisterhood and achievement. And the women in attendance were there to use their influence to highlight some of th e most challenging issues facing …

Family Caregivers Need Support From Hospital to Home

Having a loved one in the hospital can be a stressful and emotional experience — especially if you don’t have the support you need. Each day, 40 million family caregivers help older parents, spouses, children with disabilities and other loved ones live independently at home. They help with bathing and dressing, manage finances, stand by their loved one’s side when they go into the hospital, care for them when they return home, and so much more. Some family caregivers, like …

The Financial Costs of Family Caregiving: A Stark Reality

Families and close friends are the most important source of support to older people and adults with a chronic, disabling or serious health condition. They already take personal responsibility for providing increasingly complex care to the tune of $470 billion (as of 2013). That figure, representing family caregivers’ unpaid contribution in dollars, roughly equals the combined sales of the four largest U.S. tech companies (Apple, IBM, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft, $469 billion) in 2013. The out-of-pocket hit Caregiving families feel …