CHEYENNE, Wyo - November is National Family Caregivers Month, and AARP Wyoming is taking part in honoring some of the 66.200 family caregivers in the Cowboy State.
Nationally, there are 16 million family caregivers who provide 18 billion hours of unpaid care for loved ones with dementia and Alzheimers.
On Thursday, November 15 from 3-6 p.m. AARP offers a free online care fair for caregivers. The event is free and will feature live, 30-minute webinars like Prepare to Care: Tips for First-Time Caregivers; Tips for Working Caregivers, and End of Life Care and Preparation; Scheduled chats on staying connected and suggestions on how to pay for care.
Exhibit halls where you can interact with collaborating organizations;
Chats with AARP staff to point you to local resources, interactive videos, quizzes and infographics such as Accessing a Loved One’s Needs, 5 Steps to Help You in Your Caregiving Journey and The Working Caregiver; Caregiving podcasts on timely and useful topics for family caregivers.
Nationally, AARP has supported the RAISE Family Caregiver’s Act, which calls for an advisory council to make recommendations for ways to support family caregivers around the nation.
AARP has also supported the Medical Expense Deduction, which allows Americans a tax deduction if they spend over 7.5 of their income on medical expenses.
In Wyoming, AARP lobbied for the Caregiver Act, which requires hospitals to record a caregiver’s name on the medical record of a loved one; inform you when the loved one is discharged home; and requires a provider give the caregiver discharge instructions and aftercare tasks you will need to perform at home.