Past Free Webinar – Valuing the Invaluable: Strengthening Supports for Family Caregivers – May 15th, 2023

Earn 1 hr CEU, pre-approved for Social Workers by BOSW; self-submit other disciplines.
MGS is an approved Continuing Education Resource by the MN Board of Nursing.
(The CEU is free for MGS members; $15 for non-members.)

Handout MGS May 15 Valuing the Invaluable

Since 2006, AARP has published Valuing the Invaluable, a series of periodic reports highlighting the economic value and individual impact of caregiving on older adults and families.  Subtitles for past reports include: The Economic Value of Family Caregiving (2006, 2008), The Growing Contribution Costs of Family Caregiving (2011), Undeniable Progress, but Big Gaps Remain (2015) and Charting a Path Forward (2019).

The 2023 report, released in March, and titled Strengthening Supports for Family Caregivers, takes a detailed look at recent developments and promising federal and state policies that support family caregivers.  A focus on promising practices in MN’s public and private sectors is included, along with specific recommendations for moving forward.


  1. Update prominent issues in family caregiving.
  2. Review impact of demographic trends in tandem with increase ed racial and ethnic diversity
  3. Discuss continuing impact of caregiving on employment for working caregiver coupled with direct-care workforce shortages.
  4. Update understanding of major Federal- and state-level initiative.
  5. Learn ongoing and proposed recommendations focused on caregiving policy.

Cathy McLeer is the AARP Minnesota State Director.  Beginning in 2005 as AARP-SD’s Associate State Director, Cathy has served as Central Region Senior Advisor for Sioux Falls, SD AARP prior to being selected as State Director for AARP-MN.  She holds a Journalism degree from the University of Minnesota.

AARP is the nation’s largest non-profit non-partisan organization with nearly 620,000 members in Minnesota, providing trusted information, resources, and advocacy to protect the health and financial security of individuals 50 and older.