AARP Experts to Speak at Smart Growth Conference

Posted on 02/3/2014 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesThree AARP experts will be speaking at the 13th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Denver, Feb. 13-15. Attend their presentations if you’ll be at the conference. A General Plan Meets Smart Growth: TOD, Millenials, and Boomers — Oh My! Thursday, Feb. 13, 4-5:30 p.m. The Panel Sonja Ewing, M-NCPPC, Revitalization Program manager, County of Fairfax, Virginia Office of Community Revitalization (moderator) Howard Ways, AICP, executive director, Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority Aldea Douglas, project manager, AARP Livable …

The Family Caregiver’s Job Description: Add Nursing Care to the List

Posted on 09/13/2013 by | Caregiving experts & bloggers | Comments

Caregiving | Public Policy InstituteDaily activities completed by family caregivers has been often grouped by task — a job description of sorts. Tasks such as bathing and dressing, helping with eating, moving around or toileting are called Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs for short. Shopping, cooking, managing finances or providing transportation are referred to as assisting with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs.) Now we know that almost half of family caregivers are doing all of these things and more.  They are doing things that …

Just How Valuable Is Family Caregiving?

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

Caregiving | 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 …

Now’s the Time for a National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers

Posted on 07/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Public Policy InstituteThose of us who work in the field of aging know that chronic illness, disability and frailty affect not only individuals, but also families. Nearly all my friends and coworkers have a story about the often costly, confusing and stressful experience of caring for their aging parents or another older relative or friend. This is the “new normal” of family care in the United States. It is up close and intensely personal, and often the system fails us, too. Most …

Research: 50+ Crowd Hit Hard By Financial Crisis

Posted on 09/19/2008 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Your LifeA recent study by AARP Public Policy Institute shows that Americans over 50 have been affected by the financial trouble facing the country.