FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 7, 2014
Statement on Bipartisan Policy Center White Paper on Long-Term Care
Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President, State and National Group
“AARP applauds the Bipartisan Policy Center for highlighting the need for a real discussion about America’s long-term care crisis and solutions to address it.
“Millions of individuals and families currently caring for loved ones are faced everyday with physical, financial and emotional challenges. Family caregivers need support – individuals want to live independently in their homes and communities – and as a country we are not prepared.
“Every night, families are discussing these tough issues around their kitchen table. It’s time to bring that conversation into the spotlight and take action. We hope the Bipartisan Policy Center’s efforts will help bring additional attention and constructive ideas to address this issue and help families.
“AARP has made it a priority to explore solutions to this crisis with the aim of helping people live independently in their homes and communities, supporting family caregivers, and forging innovative solutions across sectors. AARP is engaged in a multi-state advocacy campaign to improve family caregiver support, training and workplace protections as well as an education campaign with the Ad Council and other efforts.”
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.