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(Left to right) Congresswoman Lauren Underwood, AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois Executive Officer Marla Fronczak, and Caregiver Lori Hanson speak about care giving and the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. (WSPYnews.com photos by Ethan Kruger)

Fourteenth District Congresswoman Lauren Underwood was in Yorkville at Senior Services Associates on Thursday to speak to the importance of at-home caregivers. Underwood says something needs to be done to increase the number of caregivers available and that the economy depends on it. She says that family members, especially women, left the workforce to become caregivers during the pandemic.

AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois Executive Officer Marla Fronczak, also spoke Thursday. She says that the pandemic revealed service gaps for aging adults.

Lori Hanson, of Yorkville, who takes care of her elderly mother says caring for her during the pandemic had major challenges, like being separated from family.

Congresswoman Underwood says the proposed American Jobs Act recognizes that there is an ageing population that will need care and encourages the creation of care giving jobs.