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AARP Finds Value of Unpaid Family Caregiving in Illinois Hits $17 Billion
Date:11/26/2008

ced to quit their jobs or reduce their working hours, with women more likely to leave the labor force entirely. Caregivers also frequently struggle with health care bills and medical debt--and experience chronic stress. Even less noticed is the physical and emotional toll caregiving can take.

The AARP report makes several recommendations to assist caregivers, including adopting "family friendly" workplace policies; assessing caregivers' needs and providing them with needed supports; expanding funding for the National Family Caregiver Support Program and the Lifespan Respite Care Act; and supporting family caregivers in chronic care coordination programs and care transitions.

The full report is available online at: http://www.aarp.org/research/housing-mobility/caregiving/i13_caregiving.html.


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