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Caregiving in the U.S. 2020

May 1, 2020

The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and AARP present Caregiving in the U.S. 2020!This report is the most recent update to our trended research series, Caregiving in the U.S., conducted roughly every five years. The 2020 update reveals an increase in the number of family caregivers in the United States of 9.5 million from 2015 to 2020. Family caregivers now encompass more than one in five Americans. The study also reveals that family caregivers are in worse health compared to five years ago. As the demand for caregiving rises with an aging population, there is an opportunity for the public and private sectors to work together to develop solutions to support family caregivers and those under their care.Click "Download" to access this resource.

Why Drugs Cost So Much

May 1, 2017

PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES in America are among the highest in the world. On the campaign trail, President Trump said drug companies were "getting away with murder." Is that true? Or are these firms the beneficiaries of a system that turns a blind eye to excessive profit-making at the expense of society?In this report, we explain in simple, clear terms why drugs cost what they do. We also examine the drug-price debate in Washington, explain how the complicated business of medicine works and give you ways to save money at the pharmacy.

Game Day

September 4, 2015

The purpose of the Game Day Guide and Game Day event is to provide residents with information and a general understanding about preparing for emergencies. AARP and its partners are not responsible for any damages that may result from an emergency situation. Moreover, this guide is not a mandate and should be used only as a tool to prepare for emergencies. In no way is this guide meant to encourage a particular plan of action. Residents should abide by the recommendations and orders of local government officials and emergency professionals before, during, and after emergency situations.

State of the 50+ in New York City

August 7, 2014

This report is based on multiple data sources and examines demographics, published statistics and opinion polls to provide an overall picture of New York City's population aged 50 and older. We present evidence of the power of 50+ voters and information related to the needs of NYC's older population on the dimensions of home, work, economic security, healthcare and age-friendly living.The big backdrop to this story is the significant demographic shift toward an aging population that is in our midst - globally, nationally and also in New York City. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), life expectancy in the U.S. increased by 8 years from 1970 to 2011 when it reached 78.7 years. All across the U.S., the combination of increased life expectancy and an aging baby boom generation is driving a very fast growing 65+ population. Over the next two decades, the share of people living in New York City who are aged 65 and over will climb from 13% to 18%. This population shift is bringing with it opportunities and challenges of a "longevity society" that will impact the economy, public policy, our communities, families and individuals.

State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers

June 19, 2014

This State Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard is a multidimensional approach to measure state-level performance of LTSS systems that assist older people, adults with disabilities, and their family caregivers. This second edition of the State LTSS Scorecard measures LTSS system performance across five key dimensions: (1) affordability and access, (2) choice of setting and provider, (3) quality of life and quality of care, (4) support for family caregivers, and (5) effective transitions. Performance varies tremendously across the states, with LTSS systems in leading states having markedly different characteristics than those in lagging states. LTSS performance is gradually improving, both nationally and in most states. Progress is notable in many areas where public policy has a direct impact, including performance of the Medicaid safety net and legal and system supports for family caregivers. But the pace of improvement must accelerate as the Baby Boom Generation moves toward advanced ages.

Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care

October 1, 2012

This study challenges the common perception of family caregiving as a set of personal care and household chores that most adults already do or can easily master. Family caregivers have traditionally provided assistance with bathing, dressing, eating, and household tasks such as shopping and managing finances. While these remain critically important to the well-being of care recipients, the role of family caregivers has dramatically expanded to include performing medical/nursing tasks of the kind and complexity once only provided in hospitals.To document this major shift, the AARP Public Policy Institute and the United Hospital Fund undertook the first nationally representative population-based online survey of 1,677 family caregivers to determine what medical/nursing tasks they perform. Both organizations contributed to this report with funding by The John A. Hartford Foundation.  A few highlights of the results include:Almost half (46%) of family caregivers performed medical/nursing tasks for care recipients with multiple chronic physical and cognitive conditionsThree out of four (78%) family caregivers who provided medical/nursing tasks were managing medications, including administering intravenous fluids and injectionsCaregivers found wound care very challenging, more than a third (38%) wanted more trainingMost family caregivers who provided help with medical/nursing tasks believed they were helping their family member avoid institutionalizationThis report reveals the complexity and difficulty of specific tasks, the lack of support and training family caregivers receive, and the effect on their quality of life. The findings highlight an urgent need for both individual and collective action. The report makes ten recommendations, including:A consensus-building body should revisit measures used to define what caregivers do.Accrediting and standard-setting organizations should strengthen their oversight of how well institutions meet family caregiver needs and require corrective steps to address deficiencies.Academic and government researchers should conduct further studies to understand medical/nursing tasks performed by different types of family caregivers and their needs for training and support.Click "Download" to access this resource.

Raising Expectations: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People With Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers

September 8, 2011

Ranks long-term services and supports systems for affordability and access, choice of setting and provider, quality of life and care, and family caregivers support. Explores contributing factors and roles of public policy and private-sector actions.

Social Security: Voices and Values

October 25, 2010

Presents survey results on views of Social Security among registered voters age 40 and older, including importance to retirement incomes, adequacy of payouts, and support for strengthening the system by raising taxes or cutting benefits.