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November is National Family Caregiver Month

One of our state's greatest assets is the burgeoning number of volunteer caregivers who help insure older and disabled citizens are taken care of with the respect and quality of care they deserve.

"Families and friends provide more hands on care to their loved ones than Medicare and Medicaid combined," said Greg Olsen, Acting Director of the New York State Office for the Aging. "Without the valuable role of caregivers, many older adults and younger individuals with disabilities would find it very hard to remain in their homes and communities of choice."

In New York State approximately 3 million caregivers provide more than 2.6 billion hours of care to loved ones each year. The economic value of this care is $32 billion.

The New York State Office for the Aging has a Caregiver Resource page with information and links to resources for caregivers.

Additional information and resource links may also be found on the New York State Caregiving and Respite Coalition(External Link) (NYSCRC) web site.

Did You Know?
According to the Administration on Aging (AoA), 65.7 million caregivers make up 29 percent of the U.S. adult population providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aged.

There are statistics surrounding caregiving(External Link) that may astound you. You can access some of this data by visiting the AoA's web site.

There is also a web site that can help you or a loved one determine what New York State benefits you may be eligible for. Visit MyBenefits.org(External Link) and you'll know in minutes!