State Rep. Jason Perillo of Shelton has been named a \u201cCapitol Caregiver\u201d 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 \u201cwas 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. \u201cNot only does it make perfect sense from a standpoint of compassion,\u201d he said, \u201cbut it also makes great economic sense by materially reducing healthcare costs to those who need caregiver services.\u201d AARP: Helping family caregivers The AARP\u2019s inaugural Caregiver Award also was presented to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, who signed the bill into law, and two other legislators. \u201cThey provided integral leadership to pass legislation that will help make the lives of Connecticut\u2019s family caregivers \u2014 and those that they care for \u2014 a little bit easier,\u201d said Nora Duncan, AARP\u2019s state director. The nonprofit AARP\u2019s 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.