November is National Family Caregivers Month, which seeks to shine a bright light on the more than 48 million American heroes, including 530,000 here in Minnesota, helping care for their loved ones independently at home – where they want to be.
Minnesota's family caregivers provide 500 million hours of care annually, adding up to $10 Billion in unpaid labor annually. Family caregivers spend 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 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.
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.
AARP is calling on Congress and state legislatures to pass legislation that will help family caregiver save time and money, and provide more support. In Minnesota, AARP will be fighting to ensure implementation of the recently passed Paid Family & Medical Leave law and supports for family caregivers.
Join us in these efforts by signing up to receive state advocacy updates here https://www.aarp.org/getinvolved.
AARP offers free resources to help those caring for loved ones to help them navigate their role as a caregiver and provide more support.
This story is provided by AARP Minnesota. Visit the AARP Minnesota page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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