AARP Congratulates 2018 Class of Elected Officials for Championing Family Caregivers

Gov. Kenneth Mapp
Gov. Kenneth Mapp

To honor their integral work supporting the Virgin Islands family caregivers, AARP names former Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp, Sen. Novelle E. Francis Jr. and Sen. Myron Jackson as the 2018 ‘Capitol Caregivers,’ which is a bipartisan group of 65 elected officials from 24 states. These leaders have advanced policies that support Virgin Islands family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and in the community—where they want to be.

“AARP thanks former Governor Mapp, Senator Francis and Senator Jackson for championing The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act Bill No. 32-0132 (Act 8023),” said Troy de Chabert-Schuster, state director, and Corinne Plaskett, state president of AARP in the Virgin Islands, which serves more than 36,845 Virgin Islanders age 50 and older. “Senators Francis and Jackson, and Governor Mapp provided key leadership to pass and enact The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act in 2018 and helped make family caregivers’ big responsibilities a little bit easier.”

The Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act gives internet users the power to plan for the management and disposition of their digital assets in the same way they can make plans for their tangible property, also allowing the internet user the ability to assign a fiduciary who will be responsible for the digital assets. A fiduciary is a trusted person with the legal authority to manage another’s property, and the duty to act in that person’s best interest.

Senate President Myron Jackson. (File photo)
Senate President Myron Jackson. (File photo)

Across the territory, more than 13,000 Virgin Islanders provide unpaid care for their older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities, and other loved ones. They help with bathing and dressing, meal preparation, managing finances, transportation, grocery shopping and more.

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“Every day, family caregivers provide invaluable care to their loved ones,” said de Chabert-Schuster. “And they need our support.”

AARP will recognize Senators Francis and Jackson, and former Governor Mapp at an event on St. Thomas in the fourth quarter of 2019 and will present them with “Capitol Caregiver” certificates.

“The Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act is a step in the right direction to providing a little bit of help for family caregivers,” says de Chabert-Shuster. “AARP in The Virgin Islands will continue fighting for family caregivers and their loved ones in 2019 for more support, help at home, better access to resources, workplace flexibility, training, relief and more.”

Sen. Novelle Francis, chairman of the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee (V.I. Legislature photo)

In 2018, Jackson and Francis, along with senators Brian Smith and Janelle K. Sarauw, championed Bill No. 32-0327. This was later enacted by Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and became Act No. 8169. This bill enacts five Acts of the Uniform Law Commission and further revises the probate code in The Virgin Islands: Uniform Non-probate Transfer Act, Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act, Uniform Disclaimer of Property Interest Act, Uniform Custodial Trust Act and Uniform Partition of Heirs Act. This legislation is of particular benefit to the elderly, caregivers and persons of middle and lower income.

To learn more, visit www.aarp.org or follow @AARP and @AARPadvocates on social media.

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