NEWTOWN, Conn. – State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) was honored by AARP with the AARP Legislative Achievement Award, a state award, and the national distinction as a “Capitol Caregiver” for his work on legislation to help family caregivers last session.
Both awards were given in specific recognition of Bolinsky’s work on the CARE Act, legislation aimed at supporting family caregivers and promoting aging in place.
“I am honored to receive these two awards from AARP,” said Bolinsky. “I take my role as Ranking Member on the Aging Committee very personally and am proud of the work that the committee did last session on the CARE Act and other important legislation to make life better for both our senior citizens and their dedicated caregivers.
"In my family, we live many of these issues every day as primary caregivers to my wife Luisa's father and, on my side, I thank God every day for the care my mother provides my father, who has Alzheimer's. We know that ‘aging-in-place’ – being cared for in one's own home or in a family member's home – provides a more dignified and loving environment for our elders. But often, unless you live it, the enormous emotional and physical toll on the caregiving family or individual can go unnoticed by other family members, friends and neighbors,” he continued.
Last year, Bolinsky co-sponsored and advocated on behalf of the CARE Act in his position as the highest ranking House Republican member of the committee.
“Approximately 459,000 family members in our state care for an aging parent or loved one, helping them to live independently in their own homes,” said Nora Duncan, AARP Connecticut’s state director. “These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and Rep. Bolinsky’s leadership on the CARE Act has made a tremendous difference.”
“I'd like to urge everyone to spread a message of hope and help in their own worlds too. In addition to the emotional and physical challenges of caregiving in the home setting, it can often very isolating and lonely. Please, reach out to a neighbor, a friend, a family member. Let them know you care,” said Bolinsky.
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