Each year, we observe November as National Family Caregivers Month, shining a bright light on the more than 48 million American heroes, including 1,460,000 here in Ohio, helping care for their loved ones independently at home—where they want to be.
Ohio's family caregivers provide 1.37 billion hours of care every year, adding up to $21 billion in unpaid labor annually. Family caregivers spend these countless hours managing medications, preparing meals, helping with bathing and dressing and so much more. The financial, physical and emotional toll is great on them.
This is why AARP fights every day for commonsense solutions to save time, money and provide more support. Chances are if you are not a family caregiver, you know someone who is. Take time this month to thank one in your life for their time and dedication.
"I Am A Caregiver"
AARP is launching a nationwide movement, I Am A Caregiver. To many lawmakers, America’s millions of caregivers are invisible. Yet, these family caregivers hold up a broken long-term care system, which is why AARP is looking for your help. We are starting a movement of family caregivers to show lawmakers that we are a powerful constituency who need support now.
Raise your hand and join the fight at aarp.org/iamacaregiver.
Fighting for Caregivers in Ohio
AARP is calling on Congress and state legislatures to pass legislation that will help family caregivers save time and money, and provide more support. In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine signed the 2024-2025 state budget, which included several wins for Ohio’s 50-plus population.
Join us in these efforts by signing up to receive Ohio advocacy updates.
Tell Us Your Caregiving Story
We want to know how being a family caregiver affects you. What kind of challenges has caregiving caused in your life, such as financial strain, emotional and physical stress, and isolation, to name a few?
When you share your story, you'll remind our elected officials that people are making impossible choices and going to extraordinary lengths to provide quality care for their loved ones.
AARP offers free resources to help those caring for loved ones to help them navigate their role as a caregiver and provide more support.
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