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Mon Aug 19, 2019, 11:19 AM

 

Rosalynn Carter: Iowans, ask 2020 candidates for their agenda on family caregiving

For Jimmy and me, Iowa holds a special place in our hearts. During his presidential campaign. I spent over 100 days in Iowa. I visited 105 communities and knocked on more doors and met more Iowans than anyone thought possible. You are some of the most welcoming, warm, informed people we have ever met. Our conversations covered everything from Jimmyís favorite fish recipe to the rapid increase in the price of fertilizer to our national security.

I especially remember the strong show of support you gave us. You truly are patriotic Americans who believe in doing what is best for our country.

As you prepare to interview and evaluate the next set of presidential candidates, I ask you to help me shine a spotlight on the more than 40 million Americans and over 300,000 Iowans who are family caregivers.

You may not be one, but you most certainly know one. Caregivers are the selfless people who provide unpaid care for loved ones who are ill or have serious medical conditions. This is among the most challenging work there is.

Being a caregiver requires infinite patience, physical and emotional strength, health care navigation skills, and a sense of humor ó which can be hard to come by after sleepless nights and demanding days.

It is a reality for millions of Americans, including me.

I have cared for loved ones nearly all my life, so when I look in the mirror, I see a caregiver looking back at me. It began when I was 12 years old and my father became ill. Taking care of him took a toll on our entire family, my mother most of all.

It is safe to say that many of you reading this also see a caregiver in the mirror. You probably also see many around you without recognizing them, because caregivers are not necessarily who we all assume them to be. They are split almost evenly between men and women, and fully one quarter are millennials. They can be looking after a parent with dementia, a spouse injured in combat, or a child with developmental challenges. Or they can even be caring for all three.

Caregivers are sons and daughters, spouses, brothers and sisters, friends, veterans and civilians, and countless others. They are members of all our communities.

And they need our support. While they are focusing intently on their loved ones, their own health and well-being are impacted by long-term caregiving. Caregivers suffer from chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis at nearly twice the rate of the overall population. They also have increased occurrences of ailments like acid reflux and headaches, an increased tendency to develop serious illness, and high levels of obesity and bodily pain.

Nor are the effects just physical. These helpers are watching a loved one suffer and, in many cases, die. They are exhausted, heartbroken, lonely, scared, and grieving ó all while putting othersí needs ahead of their own.

The impacts donít end there. With 60 percent of family caregivers juggling work and caregiving responsibilities simultaneously, caregiving has costs for workers and employers alike.

The estimated economic value of family and friend caregiving is roughly $500 billion per year ó three times greater than Medicaidís expenditures on professional long-term care.

Itís easy to see that this issue needs to be a national priority. We must look at this community that is growing exponentially, especially as our population ages, and needs to be recognized.

This is where all of you can help. I have sent a letter to all major candidates from both parties who have declared that they are running for president asking them to commit to a national agenda on caregiving as well as to make it a topic of their campaigns.

Soon these folks will be asking for your vote at the state fair and at church or knocking on your door ó just as Jimmy and I did over 40 years ago.

Please ask them about this issue. The population of caregivers is 40 million ó about the same number of people with student loan debt. We talk about student loans; shouldnít we be talking about this?

Since caregivers are often overextended as well as selfless, they need us to speak up for them.

Because as Iíve been saying for the last six decades, there are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.


https://desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/caucus/2019/08/10/rosalynn-carter-ask-2020-candidates-how-theyll-help-caregivers/1971222001
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Otto Lidenbrock Aug 2019 OP
Uncle Joe Aug 2019 #1
grantcart Aug 2019 #3
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highplainsdem Aug 2019 #5
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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2019, 11:34 AM

1. Kicked and recommended.

 

Thanks for the thread Otto Lidenbrock.
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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 19, 2019, 12:19 PM

3. +1

 

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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2019, 11:35 AM

2. Reminding us once again that there are political people who care.

 

Many, if not most, of them are Democrats.
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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2019, 12:21 PM

4. the very least they need, and i do mean least, is social security credits.

 

this is an idea that is already out there.
a while back my rep, jan schakowsky, put forth some fixes to ss, including this.
disability coverage would help a lot too. many are disabled from this job. since they dont get those ss credits, even if they get 100% ssi, it will be a pittance.

women caregivers get screwed a little extra here, because she is likely to have ss as a spouse. so after caring for her dying husband, a widow that remarries loses their spousal benefits.
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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2019, 12:33 PM

5. K&R

 

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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2019, 12:36 PM

6. A great lady, two of the best in the US. Yesterday was Rosalynn's

 

birthday, Aug. 18, 1927. On Daily Kos there was a nice post about it. I can't find it now, maybe somebody else can.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosalynn_Carter
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Mon Aug 19, 2019, 12:56 PM

7. K&R

 

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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2019, 01:39 PM

8. Words of wisdom from our former First Lady

 

Love that closing line:

Because as Iíve been saying for the last six decades, there are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.

Caregiving ultimately comes for all of us.

And Rosalynn Carter is so, so right. Caregiving is exhausting and is often done behind the scenes, behind closed doors in silence. Been there, done that for my son when he was seriously injured and most recently for my mother-in-law.

Good one on her!
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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2019, 01:49 PM

9. K&R!

 

Rosalynn Carter is a national treasure.
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Response to Otto Lidenbrock (Original post)

Mon Aug 19, 2019, 02:54 PM

10. Caregivers are my top of the list heroes. nt

 

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Mon Aug 19, 2019, 09:11 PM

11. FLOTUS Rosalynn Carter rarely speaks publicly...

 

so when she does (I'm dating myself here) people need to listen. One of the few commercials from my maturing years that I remember.

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