November is National Family Caregivers Month, which seeks to shine a bright light on the more than 48 million American heroes, including 820,000 here in Washington state, helping care for their loved ones independently at home – where they want to be.
Washington’s caregivers provide 770-million hours of care every year, adding up to $16.8 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 advocates 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 are the backbone of our 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
Advocating for Caregivers in Washington
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 Washington our top legislative priorities are:
Resources for Family Caregivers
AARP offers free resources to help those caring for loved ones to help them navigate their role as a caregiver and provide more support.
Friday, Mar 22, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. PT
Issaquah Community Center (Meeting Room)
Saturday, Apr 13, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. PT
Crossroads Community Center (Ranier Room)
Saturday, Mar 2, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. PT