Rep. Martin Meets with AARP

Representatives of the North Carolina AARP met with Rep. Martin today to discuss several issues important to AARP members. In particular, the meeting focused on a program to assist family members who are caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients. Rep. Martin’s grandfather died of complications from early onset Alzheimer’s in 1974 and his grandmother was a caregiver for several years. “Helping caregivers in their work can postpone institutionalization of the Alzheimer’s victim,” said Rep. Martin. “This saves the state money and helps our citizens at the same time.”

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  1. Rachelle Strachar
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    All caregivers need support, not just those caring for people with dementia. It is of vital importance to our community that we take steps to prepare for the changes that are coming within the next 10-20 years. Soon we will have more people over 60 in our state than under 20. Older adults are more likely to require care. It is of vital importance to our economy and culture that we take steps today to support caregivers. Caregivers need to be supported in the workplace with flexible work environments. Improved support systems need to be developed with in our communities. Educating and strongly advocating for all people to make healthy changes NOW, such as being mentally and physically active will make a difference that will carry through later on.

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