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AARP Announces 2016 Capitol Caregivers and Super Savers

Across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP is fighting to help families address important day-to-day issues — from caring for a loved one to retiring with confidence. In fact, this year alone we’ve successfully fought to bring more support to millions of family caregivers and help millions of workers save for retirement.

But we didn’t do this critical work alone. Progress is possible thanks to the state legislators who write, support and move legislation, and who work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get things done.

To recognize these elected leaders, AARP is announcing our . . .

Capitol Caregivers
Every day, 40 million Americans help their older parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home — where they want to be. They provide transportation, cook meals, manage finances, perform complex medical tasks, help with bathing and dressing, and so much more.

A labor of love to be sure, family caregiving can also be a stressful, exhausting and emotional job. That’s why AARP is fighting for commonsense solutions to make these big responsibilities a little bit easier — and we’ve seen real progress in states across the country.

AARP’s 2016 class of Capitol Caregivers includes state elected officials who were integral to the passage of key caregiving legislation this year. The inaugural class of Capitol Caregivers was announced in 2014. This year, AARP recognizes 57 state legislators from 23 states who helped family caregivers by:

A list of AARP’s 2016 Capitol Caregivers and the legislation they championed can be found here.

 Super Savers
Today, 45 percent of working-age households have zero saved for retirement. At AARP, we believe you should retire with confidence. That’s why we’ve been fighting for Work and Save, a convenient way to save for retirement through a simple payroll deduction. Employees who are able to save for retirement out of their regular paychecks are 15 times more likely to save.

AARP’s second class of Super Savers includes state legislators who were integral to the passage of Work and Save plans in 2016. The class includes 13 state legislators from four states who helped their residents save for the future.

A list of AARP’s 2016 Super Savers and the legislation they championed can be found here.

More work to do . . .
In 2017, AARP will continue to work with state legislators across the country and fight for the issues that matter to you and your family.  To stay up-to-date on our work, or get involved, sign up here.

More information
2014 Capitol Caregivers
2015 Capitol Caregivers 
2015 Class of Super Savers

Nancy LeaMond is AARP chief advocacy and engagement officer. She leads the organization’s Communities, State and National Group, including government relations, advocacy and public education for AARP’s social change agenda. LeaMond also has responsibility for AARP’s state operation, which includes offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

You can follow her on Twitter @NancyLeaMond.