Via a Sept 30 2013 AARPNY Press Release: A new AARP survey takes a harder look at the issues facing caregivers in New York City and what they want who they vote for to do about it.
When it comes to family caregivers getting the support they need, New York State lags behind the rest of the nation, ranking dead last according to the State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard (http://bit.ly/1bvxRZ8). AARP says that lack of support is causing serious pressure on New York caregivers.
“Providing crucial care for older relatives is a reality for many New Yorkers and it’s also a point of major struggle as they look for resources and support,” said Beth Finkel, State Director for AARP in New York State. “Caregivers in New York City are strained and stressed, and they are looking for help.”
AARP has been working to bring the issue to the attention of the Mayoral and City Council candidates in NYC, holding a series of debates, voter engagement efforts, and grassroots activities. AARP members are expected to account for half of all votes cast in the NYC General Elections. While AARP does not endorse candidates, have a PAC, or give money to campaigns or political parties, the non-partisan membership organization does provide straight-forward information on the issues to 50-plus voters, the media and the general public.
Over the last several months, AARP has held caregiver listening sessions throughout New York State, pulling together policy leaders and stakeholders to hear about the struggles and issues facing family caregivers. AARP will be compiling a report based on the sessions along with a set of policy recommendations within the next month.
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