An estimated 3.2 million caregivers in California devote 3.4 billion hours to caregiving activities every year, at a value of $30 billion annually. For the dedicated families who care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury and other disabling conditions, support services—such as those provided by the statewide system of Caregiver Resource Centers—are crucial to their ability to continue to provide care at home.
At a legislative hearing last November in the Capitol, the discussion centered on California’s strategy to support those family caregivers. The Senate Subcommittee on Aging & Long-Term Care, Chaired by Sen. Elaine Alquist, called the session, and requested policy recommendations to be considered by the Legislature this year. Topics included:
Baby Boomers and Beyond: Who Will Care?
Middle Income Squeeze: California’s Working Caregivers
California’s Diversity: Ethnic and Rural Caregivers
Access Issues: Disability and Technology.
Speakers at the hearing included family caregivers, experts on aging and long-term care, and spokespersons from the California Caregiver Resource Centers. We thank those who took time out of their busy schedules to participate, and we encourage caregivers also to take the time to contact their legislators to make their voices heard on these important issues. Visit www.leginfo.ca.gov for information.
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