Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation applauds Rep. Israel’s efforts to extend dependent care credit
Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation Executive Director Fred Jenny joined Rep. Steve Israel at the Congressman’s news conference announcing a plan to allow those caring for elderly relatives to receive up to a $1,200 tax credit for qualified elder care expenses. Mr. Jenny spoke in support of the plan, saying that many of these caregivers cannot claim their parents as dependents because they live elsewhere, but are spending on average $5,530 out of pocket each year on expenses for their aging relatives. Family caregivers including Sandy Weinberg of Cold Spring Harbor and Stephen Goldfarb of Jericho also spoke, as did Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center C.E.O. Herbert H. Friedman.
Congressman Israel noted that about one-third of all adults with a parent age 65 or older say they have given a parent financial support in the past 12 months, and that in 2009 more than 61.6 million Americans reportedly served as unpaid family caregivers with an economic value of approximately $450 billion. His proposed legislation, the Elder Care Tax Credit Act, would allow taxpayers to claim a credit for the care of dependents who are parents or in-laws if they are physically or mentally unable to care for themselves, but still live outside of the taxpayer’s home.
Caption: Doug Davidson, Executive Director of the Long Island Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; Michael Scarpelli, Associate Administrator Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Sandy Weinberg, Cold Spring Harbor resident and family caregiver; Herb Friedman, Executive Vice President and CEO of Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Congressman Israel; Fred Jenny; Stephen Goldfarb, Jericho resident and family caregiver.
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Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation is a Port Washington-based social service agency, founded in 1998, that provides coordinated, continuing care for individuals of any age with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders, at every stage of the disease process, as well as direct and substantive help and support for their families as they cope with the demands of caregiving. For more information call (516) 767-6856.