New York women are nearly twice as likely than men to be caregivers for a loved one, according to a new report from AARP New York released Wednesday.

The report, based on a fall 2023 survey commissioned by AARP New York, found 66% of women say they are caregivers versus 34% of men and help with a wide range of daily living assistance from shopping to nursing tasks.

The new report was released as AARP was joined by state Senate Aging Committee Chair Cordell Cleare in Albany on Wednesday to call on Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Legislature to provide more support for unpaid family caregivers in final state budget.

“An estimated 2.2 million New Yorkers are unpaid family caregivers. It is unfortunate Governor Hochul chose not to address this situation yesterday when she released her plan for the next state budget, because this latest AARP statewide report reinforces what we’ve known for a long time: New York women, especially those 40 or older, shoulder most of the responsibilities when it comes to providing care for their aging loved ones,” said Kristen McManus, associate state director for advocacy for AARP New York, in a statement. “The survey of women caregivers gives a clear indication how women across the state are playing a vital role in making sure their aging and often ailing family members are properly cared for every day.”

Other findings from the report were that 65% of current or former women caregivers say they worked while providing care; 45% of the women had a household income of less than $75,000; 92% said they have incurred expenses while providing care; and 64% of women caregivers don't believe the state offers enough support for unpaid family caregivers.

The organization recommended  eliminating waiting lists for basic services like transportation, housekeeping and personal care; requiring the state Office for the Aging to develop and post detailed reporting of where the waiting list exists by county and creating a program to provide direct financial support to unpaid family caregivers who on average spend over $8,000 a year to care for their loved one.

“As Chair of the Aging Committee and a family caregiver to both my parents in their later years, this report confirms so much of what we intuitively know: that caregiving is often a familial act of love and dedication that has disparate impacts on women,” Cleare, D-Manhattan, said in a statement. “It is high time for the State to step up and support our millions of familial caregivers in a way that enhances services, support and collective quality of life.” 


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