AARP presents Rep. Perillo with Capitol Caregiver Award

State Rep. Jason Perillo of Shelton has been recognized by the AARP’s Connecticut chapter, receiving its Capitol Caregiver Award.

During a brief ceremony at the Shelton Senior Center, Perillo was singled out by the AARP for his support of family caregivers, and his work advancing legislation to eliminate the prevention of nurse practitioners to have full-practice authority.

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

Compassion and economic advantages

Perillo said allowing seniors to receive care in their homes not only makes sense from a standpoint of compassion, “but it also makes great economic sense by materially reducing healthcare costs to those who need caregiver services.”

Nora Duncan, AARP state director, said Perillo had championed “legislation that removes barriers to full practice authority for advanced practice registered nurses, expanding access to high-quality healthcare for Connecticut residents.”

One of only 26 legislators nationwide

Perillo was one of 46 legislators nationwide to receive this honor from the AARP, the nation’s largest nonprofit support and advocacy group for seniors and retirees.

The organization's Connecticut chapter serves nearly 600,000 members age 50 and older.

Perillo, a Republican, has represented the 113th District in Shelton since 2007. He is a former city alderman.