More than 40 million Americans care for older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their homes and communities — where they want to be.
AARP advocates for family caregivers — and the loved ones who count on them — on Capitol Hill and in state capitals across the country. This year, AARP fought successfully to enact the federal bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, which creates a multidisciplinary task force to recommend how to provide better, more coordinated support for America’s family caregivers.
At the state level, AARP state offices have worked to pass hundreds of new laws to provide family caregivers access to care at home, workplace flexibility, training, relief and much more. In addition, in about 40 states and territories, the AARP-authored CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act is now law, supporting family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.
The unpaid assistance America’s family caregivers provide — valued at about $470 billion annually — ranges from bathing and dressing to transportation and complex medical tasks. They are the first line of assistance for older Americans and people with disabilities, helping to delay and prevent more costly nursing home care and unnecessary hospitalizations, saving taxpayer dollars.