Family Caregiving: A Great Labor of Love

As Labor Day approaches, I want to take a minute to recognize the 40 million Americans who perform a great labor of love every day: family caregivers.  Thanks to their tireless efforts, parents, spouses, and other loved ones are able to remain at home—where they want to be.  Day after day, these unsung heroes take on huge responsibilities that can be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting. In addition to this labor of love, many juggle full or part-time jobs—like Gayle, Nacy …

Caregiving Across State Lines: 45+ States Pass Law to Help

Imagine you care for your 90-year-old mother with dementia. She lives with you in your Georgia home. You help her with bathing and dressing, drive her to the doctor, cook her meals, manage her medications and do anything else she needs. Last year you were appointed her legal guardian by the state of Georgia to help manage her finances and make decisions for her about health care and more. Your mother needs a special heart procedure, only available in a …

Consumer Voices Matter: Meaningful Engagement of Consumers and Caregivers in Long-Term Care

Patient-centered care is responsive to the needs and values of the individuals receiving care, and is one aspect of a high-performing, high-quality health care system. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule that gives Medicaid managed care consumers and their family caregivers a seat at the table by requiring states to include consumer and family caregiver perspectives in the design, implementation and oversight of state-managed long-term services and supports (LTSS) programs. States should view the new …

Fighting for Family Caregivers

At 40 million strong, family caregivers are the backbone of our care system, helping parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home — where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide, valued at about $470 billion annually, can often be a 24/7 commitment. They take on tasks that can be stressful, exhausting and overwhelming. Many also juggle full- or part-time jobs, and some are still raising their families. As family caregivers face physical, emotional and financial …

AARP Volunteers From Every State Head to Capitol Hill to Push Robust Agenda on Family Caregiving, Social Security

Today, volunteers and staff from every state, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have come to Washington to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of family caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff will carry crucial asks:   AARP advocates will ask members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and …

Eldercare Primarily Concerns Older Workers and Their Employers, Right? Think Again

For employers big and small, the need to support workers who also provide unpaid care for a family member is a growing reality. Most family caregivers today — or an estimated 23.9 million workers — work at a paying job on top of their caregiving responsibilities. Yet today, care for a relative with a serious illness or disability takes place in a very different world from that of our grandparents’ generation.  To start, the role of family caregivers has greatly …