Moving Dementia Caregiver Support Services into the Mainstream

Many of you, like me, know that family caregiving for someone you love can be a source of deep satisfaction and meaning.  But caring for a person with dementia, known as dementia caregivers, can exact an especially high emotional, physical and financial toll on family members themselves. Dementia caregivers commonly experience more emotional upset, distress, isolation, and financial burdens than those caring for people with other illnesses who do not have dementia because daily care needs are progressive, complex, and …

Coming June 14: All-New State Scorecard on Long-Term Services & Supports

This is an exciting month for AARP’s Public Policy Institute. We’re set to release our third Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard Report on June 14, and this powerful tool is far more interactive and comprehensive than the 2011 and 2014 installments. A lot has changed since 2011 when we first partnered with The Commonwealth Fund and The SCAN Foundation to conceive of the idea for a scorecard that would measure long-term services and supports for older adults as …

Five Reasons Our Video Series Can Support Family Caregivers — and the Nurses Who Work With Them

Since AARP started partnering with the Department of Veterans Affairs beginning last year to produce a series of 10 videos (five in English, five in Spanish) through the Home Alone Alliance, which I first wrote about here, we’ve only gotten more excited about the project. The goal of the videos is to bridge the gap between what family caregivers are expected to do and the information and know-how actually bestowed on them. Just as importantly, nurses can take advantage of …

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 …

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 …

New Home Alone Alliance Video Series Brings Together AARP and VA to Support Family Caregivers

In 2016, AARP launched the Home Alone Alliancesm in collaboration with the United Hospital Fund, the Family Caregiver Alliance and the Betty Irene Davis School of Nursing at the University of California at Davis. The Home Alone Alliancesm is a collaborative that brings together partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to create solutions that support family caregivers. AARP partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a Home Alone Alliancesm member, to release a video series instructing …