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What policies are needed to improve support for caregivers?

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the changes needed to improve support for caregivers.

More than 43 million adults in the US took care of someone in 2014 – and they were unpaid. That’s according to a 2015 AARP and National Alliance for Caregiving report, which also found that caregivers spent, on average, more than 24 hours a week providing care. The need is likely to grow. People are living longer, but they're living with chronic conditions. What resources are available for caregivers and what proposals are on the table to provide long-term supportive care?

 

Guests:

C. Grace Whiting, president and CEO at the National Alliance for Caregiving

Christina Irving, licensed clinical social worker and family consultant at the Family Caregiver Alliance

Web Resources:

LA Times: California’s senior population is growing faster than any other age group. How the next governor responds is crucial

Forbes: What The New RAISE Family Caregivers Act Will Do

AARP: Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 Executive Summary

 

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.