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 …

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 …