AARP Weighs In on “Informal” Senior Caregivers

Despite commonly characterized as “informal” care, the services family caregivers provide is anything but, says a new post on the AARP Blog.  “It’s time to banish the word ‘informal” when referring to the care provided by family members and friends,” writes Lynn Friss Feinberg, a senior strategic policy adverse for the AARP Public Policy Institute.  Doing […]

Investor Interest in Senior Care Tech Surges

The investment landscape for senior care technology is growing at a rapid pace, having doubled over the course of the last three years, and showing no sign of slowing.  Across nine different market segments from health monitoring to wellness and fitness, a first-ever market report shows there is more potential and no sign of slowing.  […]

AARP Finds Severe Challenges Among 42 Million Caregivers

Through a partnership with ad agency TAXI, AARP is continuing efforts to help the 42 million Americans who currently serve as caregivers. The initiative is in direct response to findings of a recent poll that surveyed caregivers across the country and identified specific challenges they face.  The national poll and report, Caregivers: Life Changes and Coping […]

AARP Supports Wage Protections for Home Care Workers

Following the announcement Tuesday of a new rule that would grant minimum wage and overtime protections to the nation’s two million home care workers, AARP has weighed in on the topic by expressing its support. “AARP has long advocated for increasing access to home and community-based services for older adults and persons with disabilities,” said […]

Medicaid Use Shifts More Toward Home Care

Medicaid expenditures are shifting away from nursing homes and toward home and community-based care, according to recent findings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). And that shift is seen as a positive development says AARP in response.   Residents of nursing homes who rely on Medicaid funding are getting younger by the year, […]

AARP Stresses Home Care In Message to Long Term Care Lawmakers

The future of long term care will rely heavily on home- and community-based services, says AARP in a recent message to lawmakers. Speaking to members of the Commission on Long-Term Care, which met last week for the second of three hearings before preparing a September report to Congress, AARP stressed the need for action that […]

AARP: Which States Increased Home-Based Care Spending in 2012?

Between 2012 and 2013, a majority of states increased their spending on home- and community-based care, while spending on institutional long-term care settings decreased as nursing home populations declined or remained flat, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute’s 2013 report on long-term services and supports.  “[M]ost states continue to expand Medicaid home and community-based services […]

States Turn Focus to Home-Based Long Term Care, Despite Limited Budgets

While states are suffering from budgetary restrictions following the recession, the little funding they do have for long term care initiatives is projected to go to home and community based care.  The vast majority of states plan to increase their spending this year on community and home based services, with additional attention to changing their […]

AARP Releases Mobile App for Caregivers

AARP announced today it has launched a new mobile app for caregivers.  Including content from AARP’s online caregiver resource center, the app can be downloaded from iTunes for no charge.  “We’ve put our Caregiving Resource Center from our website into our AARP iPad app so you can have all the housing options, legal and respite […]

AARP Opposes Medicare Plan Outlined in President’s Budget

After outlining potential changes to Medicare and Social Security last week in the President’s projected budget for 2014, AARP responded by saying it is “deeply dismayed” over the changes that are essential to so many aging Americans.  The proposal included cuts in the measure of more than $370 billion over the course of the next 10 […]