long-term services and support

5 Tips for Family Caregivers

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsI spent last weekend with eight of my college roommates for our annual get-together. Through the years we’ve always shared our life events, so it came as no surprise that our conversation turned to the topic of family caregiving. Like millions of fiftysomething women in the U.S. today, my former roomies are struggling to navigate the health care system on behalf of their parents — who now turn to them for help. “Information is power,” I told them. “So let …

Just How Valuable Is Family Caregiving?

Posted on 07/19/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteA welcome recognition of the value of family caregiving came in a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which estimated the economic value of caregiving for older persons in 2011 to be $234 billion. This estimate vastly exceeds the total amount of paid care from all sources (Medicaid, Medicare, private pay and others) for both institutional care ($134 billion) and home and community-based services ($58 billion). The AARP Public Policy Institute has made similar estimates of family caregiving …