Women almost twice as likely than men to be caregivers for loved one, AARP New York report finds

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Senator Cleare speaking at AARP Women & Caregiving Presser

Senator Cleare speaking at AARP Women & Caregiving Presser

The organization recommended  eliminating waiting lists for basic services like transportation, housekeeping and personal care; requiring the state Office for the Aging to develop and post detailed reporting of where the waiting list exists by county and creating a program to provide direct financial support to unpaid family caregivers who on average spend over $8,000 a year to care for their loved one.

“As Chair of the Aging Committee and a family caregiver to both my parents in their later years, this report confirms so much of what we intuitively know: that caregiving is often a familial act of love and dedication that has disparate impacts on women,” Cleare, D-Manhattan, said in a statement. “It is high time for the State to step up and support our millions of familial caregivers in a way that enhances services, support and collective quality of life.” To read more click the link above.