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AARP: Republicans back caregiver support

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A majority of older Republicans may support the idea of Congress trying to do something to help family caregivers.

AARP analysts have published data supporting that conclusion in a summary of results from a recent survey of 1,200 registered voters ages 40 and older.

The general idea of helping family caregivers was popular with both the Democrats in the sample and the Republicans.

When asked how important a priority for Congress helping family caregivers should be, the percentage who chose very or extremely important was 90 percent among the Democrats, 76 percent among the independents and 70 percent among the Republicans.

Survey workers also asked participants whether learning that a member of Congress had supported improving the resources available to family caregivers would make the participant feel more favorable toward that member. The percentage who said they would be more favorable to a member who worked to help caregivers was 59 percent among the Republicans, 66 percent among the independents, and 86 percent among the Democrats.

In another section of the survey report, the AARP analysts looked at how current, former and future caregivers rated a variety of caregiver services and resources. About 85 percent identified access to respite care as very or somewhat helpful. Only 70 percent identified time off from work for caregiving tasks as very or somewhat helpful.

See also: Democratic LTC Bill Has Caregiving Focus