According to the AARP, the number of New Yorkers who care for a frail elderly family member or neighbor has increased from 25 percent to 33 percent over the last decade. The organization says the more people who become caregivers, the more who may get burned out.
AARP New York State Director Neal Lane says more funding is needed to support caregivers who volunteer their time. Much of that support, including training and answers to questions, can come from Office for Aging departments across New York State.
Unpaid caregivers deliver about $32 billion of care per year to people, which saves the state that money. Lane says it makes sense to adequately fund support services.
"It's pretty clear to us that when caregivers burnout the person that they are caring for ends up in a nursing home and that is 300 dollars a day. So small investment, supporting caregivers, is extremely wise both on a compassionate level and the hard nose numbers level," said Lane.
AARP of New York is appealing to the state legislature and Governor Cuomo for an additional $26 million to help fund support services and agencies to help caregivers.
For more information about AARP's report, log onto AARP.org and search Caregivers in Crisis.
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