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.