AARP warns of a caregiver crisis in Upstate NY

Posted at: 12/13/2013 5:17 PM
Updated at: 12/13/2013 5:50 PM
By: WNYT Staff

GLENS FALLS - The AARP is out with new information on caring for the elderly in Northern New York.

They're calling it a caregiver crisis.

The group held a news conference in Glens Falls on Friday to say there aren't enough people to take care of upstate New York's aging population, and it's only going to get worse.

The report says people often move out of the area to find work and can't be here to care for their moms and dads.

AARP wants the state to fund more support services for those who provide care for their aging loved ones.

 Nikki Tortora of Hudson Falls says it's overwhelming taking care of her sick father.

“I am his total caregiver, Doctor's appointments, running to get prescriptions, groceries, cleaning house. Anything that he needs, I have to take care of,” says Totora.

Tortora supports AARP’s idea of starting a state program that helps people like her find services she needs to care for her father.