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AARP Supports Family Caregivers



As a part of AARP’s “I Heart Caregivers” initiative to support family caregivers who help make it possible for older Americans and other loved ones to live independently at home, AARP Oklahoma has launched a series of local resources to support family caregivers and those in their care.

The resources and outreach are in response to a March 2017 study conducted by AARP to better understand family caregivers’ needs and their general awareness of resources and services in the community. The study surveyed individuals in Tulsa, Washington, Rogers, Wagoner, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Creek and Osage counties.

More than 500 family caregivers providing at least six hours of care per week responded to the survey, which indicated the following key outcomes:
• Less than three in 10 caregivers are aware of the resources or information available to help them in their community;
• 56 percent of respondents are interested in receiving assistance or information;
• 25 percent of respondents have sought assistance in their caregiving duties;
• 96 percent of respondents handle instrumental activities of daily living, and 57 percent are performing medical and nursing tasks;
• 85 percent of caregivers are caring for one person; 15 percent are caring for two loved ones;
• Four in 10 caregivers rated their level of emotional strain as either a 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale;
• One-third of caregivers are caring for someone with dementia or another form of cognitive impairment: studies have shown these caregivers to be more strained both emotionally and financially;
• Two in 10 caregivers are millennials; slightly over half of northeastern Oklahoma caregivers are over the age of 50.

To assist family caregivers in their roles, AARP Oklahoma has assembled a free collection of family caregiver resources, including the Oklahoma Caregiver Resource Guide, a starting point to help family caregivers find services and support needed in the caregiving journey; the AARP Prepare to Care Guide to assist in the creation of a caregiving plan; AARP’s Medicare Guide for Family Members; the AARP HomeFit Guide, which offers resources to help people stay in the homes they love by turning where they live into a “lifelong home,” suitable for themselves and anyone in their household; and additional resources.

This information is free and available for download at states.aarp.org/resources-oklahoma-family-caregivers/or by calling 1-866-295-7277.

Updated 08-29-2017

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