Rep. Perillo of Shelton is named ‘Capitol Caregiver’ by AARP

State Rep. Jason Perillo of Shelton has been named a “Capitol Caregiver” by the state chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the national support and advocacy group for seniors and retirees.

Perillo was singled out by the AARP for his support of family caregivers, and his work advancing legislation that enables nurse practitioners to have full practice authority.

The law should improve healthcare access and reduce costs, especially to seniors who depend on family caregivers to maintain their independence at home.

Perillo said the legislation “was a critical step in assuring that access to high quality healthcare is expanded and that thousands of seniors could continue to receive care in their homes.

“Not only does it make perfect sense from a standpoint of compassion,” he said, “but it also makes great economic sense by materially reducing healthcare costs to those who need caregiver services.”

AARP: Helping family caregivers

The AARP’s inaugural Caregiver Award also was presented to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who signed the bill into law, and two other legislators.

“They provided integral leadership to pass legislation that will help make the lives of Connecticut’s family caregivers — and those that they care for — a little bit easier,” said Nora Duncan, AARP’s state director.

The nonprofit AARP’s Connecticut chapter serves nearly 600,000 members age 50 and older in Connecticut.

Perillo, a Republican, has represented the 113th District since 2007. His legislative district slightly more than half of Shelton.