AUGUSTA – Representatives from AARP Maine and the Maine chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association were at the Maine State House Tuesday to celebrate the joint resolution’s passing.
AARP said close to 178,000 Mainers are currently taking care of a spouse or parent to help them live safely at home.
The resolution passed Tuesday asked the state legislature to review the effectiveness of caregiver programs and policies.
The resolution also recognized November as Maine Family Caregivers Month.
One woman said being a caregiver for her late husband was a labor of love, but it took its toll. “The loneliness, the stress, the exhaustion of caregiving continued to haunt me,” said Deb Johnson. “Maine families with long-term caregiving suffer emotionally and financially. These families desperately need support.”
AARP Maine Volunteer State President Rich Livingston said, “Today’s resolution is just the beginning of necessary long-term care system reform to address the comprehensive needs of older Mainers and their caregivers. We look forward to continuing our work with the Maine legislature on behalf of Mainers 50+ and their families.”