Nebraska Family Caregivers Provide $2.9 Billion in Unpaid Care

Posted on 11/18/19 by Devorah Lanner

In Nebraska, approximately 240,000 family caregivers provided an estimated 199 million hours of care — worth a staggering $2.9 billion— to their parents, spouses, partners, and friends in 2017, according to state data available in the latest report of AARP’s Valuing the Invaluable series. The complexity of family caregiving increases as medical and nursing tasks continue to enter the home, and family demographics change amidst an aging population.

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AARP is fighting to support family caregivers and the older family and friends who count on them.

In 2019, AARP Nebraska fought for the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act “because family caregivers shouldn’t have to choose between caring for their loved ones and losing their jobs,” said State Director Connie Benjamin.

In 2020, AARP will continue to fight for paid leave and other commonsense solutions to give Nebraska’s family caregivers more support, help at home, training and more.

To review state figures and the methodology, visit: www.aarp.org/valuing.

Resources and information on family caregiving, including AARP’s Prepare to Care Guides, are available at www.aarp.org/caregiving.

This story is provided by AARP Nebraska. Visit the AARP Nebraska page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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