Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Supporting Family Caregivers in Alaska

AARP Alaska recently hosted two online events to support family caregivers. Over 2,000 Alaskans participated in these conversations, and if you missed them just click on the links below to watch the videos.

On November 2 we discussed the difficult conversations faced by those caring for an older adult, including giving up driving, letting someone else manage money, safety, moving away from home, and end of life care.

On December 7 we discussed coping with grief, with special guest Bianca Rauch, chaplain with Providence Hospice. Topics included moving away from our favorite home, the departure of dear friends, divorce, job loss, loss of independence and death.

AARP Alaska is also sponsoring a page on KTUU.com with videos and other resources to help family caregivers. About 85,000 Alaskans are caring for an older parent, spouse, or other loved one, helping them to live independently. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now there’s support in place that will make life a little bit easier for them.

AARP Alaska worked hard to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which went into effect January 1, 2017. It supports family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Download a CARE Act wallet card—to keep with your insurance card—so you’ll have important information about this new law available when you need it most. Visit action.aarp.org/AKCareAct

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