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Contact: Lawrence Cook

January 15, 2016

AARP Honors Sen. Coleman With ‘Capitol Caregiver’ Award

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(pictured, left to right: Hartford AARP Chapter President Maurice Jennings, Jake Gardner, Senator Eric Coleman, AARP Connecticut Associate State Director Claudio W. Gualtieri)

State Senator Eric Coleman (D-Bloomfield) was honored today with an AARP ‘Legislative Achievement Award’ and was recognized by the AARP national office as a ‘Capitol Caregiver’ for his work in helping family caregivers navigate financial challenges by making sure that power of attorney laws are consistent—and honored—from state to state.

A bill championed last year by Sen. Coleman and then passed on a unanimous and bipartisan basis by the General Assembly makes several improvements to Connecticut’s power of attorney laws, including more extensively detailing an individual’s duties when wielding power of attorney for another person, making a power of attorney document more durable if a person becomes incapacitated, and offering sample power of attorney forms.

“Parents and children need to be aware of how important a power of attorney document is, because it deals with matters such as making gifts of money or health care decisions like stopping medical treatments, “ Sen. Coleman said. “The changes that I and the legislature undertook last year are going to have a lasting and positive effect on Connecticut’s senior citizens, and I am very grateful for the recognition from the AARP regarding my role in this new law and the importance and benefit of these changes.”

“Senator Coleman’s leadership in passing the Uniform Power of Attorney Act in Connecticut will help several hundred thousand family caregivers navigate financial challenges by making sure power of attorney laws are consistent and honored from state to state,” said AARP Connecticut State Director Nora L. Duncan. “Once fully implemented, the law will also strengthen consumer protections to combat potential financial abuse and exploitation.”


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