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GRAPHIC: AARP is calling on Virginians to recognize and support the contributions of unpaid family caregivers. The logo of AARP's AARP.org/iheartcaregivers website courtesy of the organization.

RICHMOND, Va. - It's a tough and lonely role to play. Unpaid family caregivers say they're quietly meeting a growing need, and Virginians should do more to support them. Andy Butler is a northern Virginia man caring for his wife, who is bedridden with Multiple Sclerosis. He says with people living ...Read More

PHOTO: When Texas lawmakers convene for the 2015 session, it's expected they'll be asked to step up in support of the state's growing number of unpaid family caregivers. Photo credit: Florian Richter/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - New figures show nearly 3.5 million Texans provide home health care for a family member, and as that number continues to grow, the Legislature is being asked to provide Texas family caregivers with support. Bob Jackson, state director of AARP Texas, says a proposal is expected to go ...Read More

PHOTO: Family caregivers face added stress during the holidays, with finances topping the list of concerns in a new survey. Photo credit: PublicDomanPictures/Pixabay

LARAMIE, Wyo. – Thanksgiving is the kick-off of a holiday season that lasts more than a month, and a new AARP survey of caregivers for aging parents or other relatives shows the stress meter runs high this time of year. The survey shows their concerns are topped by finances, followed by tryi ...Read More

PHOTO: Are seniors the new economic powerhouse? Research shows New Hampshire residents over age 50 are driving half the state's economic growth and supporting more than half of its jobs. Photo credit: Chalmers Butterfield/Wikipedia

CONCORD, N.H. - You may be surprised to learn the Granite State residents most likely to have a bit of silver in their hair are also among the main drivers bringing a silver lining to New Hampshire's economy. That's according to a new report from Oxford Economics. Todd Fahey, state director for AA ...Read More

PHOTO: Eighty-four percent of Oregonians age 45 and older said they help older loved ones with household chores. Transportation, shopping and medication management are other common responsibilities of family caregiving that allow people to remain in their homes. Photo courtesy of AARP.

PORTLAND, Ore. - As they age, most people want to be able to live independently and at home as long as they can. That's the not-so-surprising finding of an AARP survey of Oregon voters age 45 and older. In the survey, half of the respondents said they now are providing - or have provided - unpaid c ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP Washington State Director Doug Shadel prowls a parking lot with a convicted ID thief as part of his research about consumer fraud. The group's new survey says few Washingtonians take all the little but important steps to prevent identity theft. Photo courtesy AARP Washington.

SEATTLE - Many Washingtonians are playing right into the hands of crooks and identity thieves, according to a new statewide survey by AARP Washington. And it's the simple fraud prevention tips everyone has heard that, surprisingly, they're not putting into place. Fifty-seven percent of those surve ...Read More

PHOTO: A vote is expected by the end of the month at the Statehouse on a bill to create a retirement savings option for the more than 2.5 million Illinoisans who do not have a retirement savings plan through their employer. Photo credit: M. Connors/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - House lawmakers are expected to vote soon on legislation that would expand access to employment-based retirement savings in Illinois. Senate Bill 2758, also known as the "Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program," would provide an Individual Retirement Account plan for businesses ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP says more should be done to recognize and support unpaid family caregivers. Photo courtesy of AARP.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - November is National Family Caregivers Month. More than 2.5 million Pennsylvanians care for aging or ill parents or spouses at home. For many, this means the family can stay together instead of being separated, with one of them in a costly and often distant institution. Estimates ...Read More

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