As Washington continues to be embroiled in the impeachment hearings and the Democratic Presidential election goes on, according to a new report from AARP, about 12% of Pennsylvania and New Jersey adults are caregivers. Pennsylvanians provided $18.2 billion in care compared with $12.9 billion for caregivers in New Jersey. Nationally, the nation’s 41 million family caregivers provided $470 billion worth of unpaid care to their loved ones.

The report, released last Thursday, is based on an analysis of four surveys of family caregivers between 2015 and 2018. 

AARP called for a national strategy that would help caregivers financially, reduce the complexity of care, and support the health of caregivers, who are at higher risk for health problems than people who are not taking care of family members  It suggested that states and the federal government offer a tax credit for family caregiving and consider changes to address the effect that dropping out of the workforce to become a caregiver has on Social Security benefits. It also called for more job flexibility for caregivers and a prohibition against discrimination based on family caregiving responsibilities. The health-care system also needs to do a better job of identifying and supporting caregivers, the report said.

Washington must do much more to provide needed resources to these overworked caregivers.  We hope the Presidential candidates read this new AARP report, and understand the urgency to help these caregivers  Please visit our caregiver support page for resources to take care of you and your loved one.  

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About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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