As a wise friend and fierce defender, AARP works every day to make communities and states even greater places for everyone to live, work and thrive. In Maine, we work with community partners and public officials at the local, state and federal levels to support policies that positively impact older Mainers and their families.
In recent weeks, volunteers and AARP Maine staff met with our state’s members of Congress to discuss key issues. It’s part of a nationwide AARP effort to touch base with members of Congress during the “August recess” when the federal lawmakers typically return to their home districts.
Each conversation with the offices of Senator Collins, Congressman Golden, Senator King and Congresswoman Pingree involved the topics of family caregiving and Social Security.
Maine’s 166,000 family caregivers need support providing care and keeping up with out-of-pocket costs. Every day across the country, America’s 48 million family caregivers assist their older parents, spouses, siblings, grandparents and other loved ones so they can live independently in their homes—where they want to be.
Nationally, Family Caregivers provide $600 billion in unpaid labor, saving taxpayers billions. Here in Maine, that is 2.2 billion according to AARP’s latest Valuing the Invaluable report released earlier this year. Without family caregivers, America's health and long-term care systems would collapse.
Caregiving affects Americans from all walks of life. In fact, one in five voters is a family caregiver. 78% of Americans have been, are, or will be a caregiver.
If you have had any personal experience being a family caregiver and are open to talking about that experience, we would be interested to hear about it. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our staff will contact you.
Fighting for this important constituency has broad political appeal across all social, economic, cultural and political lines. It is an issue that touches nearly every family, which is why AARP is pleased that the bipartisan Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus was recently re-launched in the Senate and House by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Representatives Jen Kiggans (R-VA) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI).
The ACT Caucus will provide education about the challenges family caregivers face and advocate for policies that support them. AARP looks forward to working with the ACT Caucus members to continue raising awareness of the value of family caregivers and the need to find commonsense solutions that will provide them with support to help their loved ones live independently in their homes.
Resources and information on family caregiving are available at aarp.org/caregiving and we also offer a Maine Family Caregiving Resource Guide.
Social Security is your money — you earned it through a lifetime of hard work. It puts retirement in reach for MILLIONS of Americans, including hundreds of thousands here in Maine. It helps us afford everyday expenses like groceries, gas and housing.
1 in 4 Mainers receives Social Security – more than 355,000 individuals!
But this critical program faces a long-term shortfall. If our leaders don’t take action to protect and save Social Security in the next 10 years, your Social Security could be cut by 20 percent – an average of $4,000 a year. Remember, Social Security isn’t a handout. We’ve paid into it our entire working lives. It's only fair that politicians protect the money we've earned. We vote, and we will fight any cuts to our hard-earned Social Security.
Join our fight to protect Social Security by clicking here. You’ve earned it!
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