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AARP Calls for More Support for the Nation's Family Caregivers--Including by State Legislators


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-- SEE BELOW FOR LINKS TO AUDIO, AND FOR A TABLE OF STATE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS --

(Suggested Anchor Intro--National Version):
In homes and communities across the U-S, millions of Americans quietly care for older parents, spouses, and other loved-ones--helping them to remain at home.  The unpaid care that they provide is valued at a staggering 470-billion dollars, annually.  "A-A-R-P" is calling for more support for family-caregivers; Nancy LeaMond, from "A-A-R-P", says...

(Suggested Anchor Intro--State Versions with National Spokesperson):
In homes and communities across [state], thousands/millions of [demonym] quietly care for older parents, spouses, and other loved-ones--helping them to remain at home.  The unpaid care that they provide is valued at a staggering [dollar figure], annually.  "A-A-R-P" is calling for more support for family-caregivers; Nancy LeaMond, from "A-A-R-P", says...

(Suggested Anchor Intro--Versions with State Spokespersons):
In homes and communities across [state], thousands/millions of [demonym] quietly care for older parents, spouses, and other loved-ones--helping them to remain at home.  The unpaid care that they provide is valued at a staggering [dollar figure], annually.  "A-A-R-P" is calling for more support for family caregivers; [spokesperson], from ["A-A-R-P" state office], says...

(LEAMOND, OR STATE SPOKESPERSON; SOUNDBITE MAY VARY SLIGHTLY):
"FAMILY-CAREGIVERS HELP THEIR LOVED-ONES WITH EVERYTHING FROM BATHING AND DRESSING, TO PREPARING MEALS AND ADMINISTERING MEDICATION--USUALLY WHILE ALSO WORKING FULL- OR PART-TIME JOBS."

(Suggested Anchor Bridge--Versions with National Spokesperson):
"A-A-R-P" has taken the cause of family-caregivers to state-capitols, across the country; LeaMond adds...

(Suggested Anchor Bridge--Versions with State Spokespersons):
"A-A-R-P" has taken the cause of family-caregivers to the state-capitol; [spokesperson] adds...

(LEAMOND, OR STATE SPOKESPERSON; STATE-SPECIFIC SOUNDBITES WILL VARY):
"OUR GOAL IS TO HELP MAKE FAMILY-CAREGIVERS' BIG RESPONSIBILITIES A LITTLE BIT EASIER.  THAT'S WHY WE'LL BE URGING STATE-LEGISLATURES TO PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT, HELP AT HOME, WORKPLACE-FLEXIBILITY, TRAINING, RELIEF, AND MUCH MORE."

(Suggested Anchor Bridge):
Amy Goyer cared for both her mother and father; she says...

(GOYER):
"WHILE EVERY FAMILY-CAREGIVER HAS THEIR OWN UNIQUE JOURNEY, WHAT WE ALL SHARE IS A NEED FOR SOME BASIC RESOURCES AND SUPPORT."

(Suggested Anchor Tag):
November is "National Family-Caregivers Month".  And, family-caregivers who are looking for resources can download a free guide, at "a-a-r-p"-dot-org-slash-"prepare-to-care"; that's "a-a-r-p"-dot-org-slash-"prepare-to-care".


-- LINKS TO AUDIO (MP3 ONLY; STATES LISTED ALPHABETICALLY) --

Nancy LeaMond ("la-mond"), national AARP spokesperson (:28 total)

Amy Goyer, family caregiver (:07)

Candi Williams, of AARP Alabama (:30 total)

Dana Kennedy, of AARP Arizona (:25 total)

Adriana Mendoza, of AARP California (:34 total) | Spanish-language version of soundbites (:44 total)

Nora Duncan, of AARP Connecticut (:30 total)

Peter Rankin, of AARP's District of Columbia state office (:21 total)

Lori Hendren, of AARP Illinois (:32 total)

Jason Tomcsi ("tom-see"), of AARP Indiana (:36 total)

Jeremy Barewin, of AARP Iowa (:38 total)

Charlotte Whittaker, of AARP Kentucky (:38 total)

Andrew Muhl ("mull"), of AARP Louisiana (:25 total)

Lori Parham, of AARP Maine (:43 total)

Paula Cunningham, of AARP Michigan (:26 total)

Will Phillips, of AARP Minnesota (:27 total)

Dave Holmquist, of AARP Nebraska (:29 total)

Todd Fahey, of AARP New Hampshire (:22 total)

Gene Varela, of AARP New Mexico (:28 total)

Beth Finkel, of AARP New York (:37 total)

Lisa Riegel ("regal"), of AARP North Carolina (:35 total)

Josh Askvig, of AARP North Dakota (:23 total)

Barbara Sykes, of AARP Ohio (:42 total)

Sean Voskuhl ("voss-cull"), of AARP Oklahoma (:30 total)

Jon Bartholomew, of AARP Oregon (:28 total)

Bill Johnston-Walsh, of AARP Pennsylvania (:31 total)

Nikki Hutchison, of AARP South Carolina (:30 total)

Rob Schneider, of AARP Texas (:24 total)

Alan Ormsby, of AARP Utah (:29 total)


-- TABLE OF STATE-SPECIFIC STATISTICS --

State Name (Listed Alphabetically; D.C. also Included)

Number of Caregivers

Number of Care Hours (in Millions)

Economic Value per Hour

Total Economic Value (in Millions)

Alabama

761,000

708

$10.89

$7,720

Alaska

84,900

79

$15.05

$1,190

Arizona

804,000

749

$12.60

$9,430

Arkansas

452,000

421

$11.20

$4,710

California

4,450,000

4,140

$13.94

$57,700

Colorado

584,000

543

$13.68

$7,430

Connecticut

459,000

427

$13.87

$5,930

Delaware

123,000

114

$13.86

$1,580

District of Columbia

75,200

70

$12.44

$870

Florida

2,670,000

2,490

$11.93

$29,700

Georgia

1,330,000

1,240

$11.29

$14,000

Hawaii

154,000

144

$14.59

$2,100

Idaho

196,000

183

$12.06

$2,210

Illinois

1,560,000

1,450

$12.77

$18,500

Indiana

837,000

779

$12.17

$9,480

Iowa

317,000

295

$13.08

$3,860

Kansas

345,000

321

$12.01

$3,850

Kentucky

648,000

603

$11.57

$6,980

Louisiana

660,000

615

$10.53

$6,470

Maine

178,000

165

$13.41

$2,220

Maryland

771,000

717

$13.09

$9,390

Massachusetts

844,000

786

$14.75

$11,600

Michigan

1,280,000

1,190

$12.21

$14,500

Minnesota

585,000

544

$14.45

$7,860

Mississippi

501,000

467

$11.53

$5,380

Missouri

792,000

737

$11.52

$8,490

Montana

118,000

110

$12.97

$1,430

Nebraska

195,000

182

$13.81

$2,510

Nevada

348,000

324

$13.19

$4,270

New Hampshire

173,000

161

$14.42

$2,330

New Jersey

1,120,000

1,040

$13.07

$13,600

New Mexico

277,000

257

$12.19

$3,140

New York

2,580,000

2,400

$13.02

$31,300

North Carolina

1,280,000

1,190

$11.27

$13,400

North Dakota

62,100

58

$14.88

$860

Ohio

1,480,000

1,380

$11.95

$16,500

Oklahoma

524,000

488

$12.45

$6,070

Oregon

469,000

437

$13.06

$5,700

Pennsylvania

1,650,000

1,540

$12.47

$19,200

Rhode Island

134,000

124

$14.26

$1,780

South Carolina

706,000

657

$11.49

$7,550

South Dakota

84,600

79

$13.12

$1,030

Tennessee

981,000

913

$11.24

$10,300

Texas

3,350,000

3,120

$11.39

$35,500

Utah

336,000

313

$13.26

$4,150

Vermont

74,900

70

$14.55

$1,010

Virginia

1,030,000

956

$12.36

$11,800

Washington

828,000

771

$13.83

$10,700

West Virginia

282,000

263

$10.62

$2,790

Wisconsin

578,000

538

$13.15

$7,070

Wyoming

66,200

62

$13.27

$817

United States (Total)*

40,000,000

37,000

$12.51

$470,000

* Note: State numbers may not add up exactly to the U.S. totals because of rounding.



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