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People with Down syndrome are living longer than ever before. It’s an incredible shift in life expectancy, but it also means more needs to be done now to support them and their families. That’s because 90% of people with Down syndrome are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
May. 19, 2022
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The federal government issued a report showing that nursing homes have been impacted by the workforce shortage to a larger degree than other sectors within health care. The report also touched on the mental health struggles facing these workers.
May. 16, 2022
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Many people 65 and older are not getting COVID-19 booster shots, according to Kaiser Health News. It’s unclear why given that the vaccines are shown to reduce severe illness and even prevent death among this more vulnerable population.
May. 16, 2022
Retirement planning
More than 50 million American workers have no access to a retirement savings plan, according to AARP. That includes plenty of Arizonans. So why aren't people saving early and how much do you need to retire well?
May. 10, 2022
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The symptoms suffered by people living with dementia, such as anxiety or agitation, who live in the community occur at roughly the same rate as those living in nursing homes. That was just one finding from a new clinical trial.
May. 9, 2022
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Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that would establish a study committee to look at the benefits of a retirement savings plan for Arizona workers who may not have access to a 401(k) at their job.
May. 3, 2022
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The city of Surprise and Maricopa County will spend federal coronavirus relief funds to build a multigenerational community resource center.
More Arizona business news
Apr. 24, 2022
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Earlier this month, Medicare finalized its decision to restrict coverage of a new Alzheimer’s drug to patients enrolled in clinical trials. Those patients now include people with Down syndrome, but that wasn’t always the case.
Apr. 22, 2022
Caregiver and nursing home resident
A new report by PHI, a national organization that supports paid caregivers, found that Arizona is one example of a state leading the way when it comes to building that workforce.
Apr. 22, 2022
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Life is returning to normal for some as mask mandates and other mitigation measures go by the wayside. But for one population, life will never be the same again.
Apr. 22, 2022
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Many older Arizonans on Medicare are struggling to pay for prescription drugs. Sen. Mark Kelly heard testimony on Tuesday from aging and medical advocates about the challenges facing older adults with complex medical conditions.
Apr. 12, 2022
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Debate continues over how smart devices are used and the potential privacy concerns they pose. But these devices may also be able to play a role in our medical care, including tracking cognitive decline or signs of dementia.
Apr. 12, 2022
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Two years — and several COVID-19 surges — have passed since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. Now life seems to be returning to normal — for some. There are two populations that were hit hard by the virus: older adults and people living with disabilities.
Apr. 12, 2022
Retirement planning
A bipartisan effort to improve retirement security is working through Congress. The SECURE Act 2.0 has passed through the House, and looks to improve on the original bill, which became law in late 2019.
Apr. 10, 2022
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Flagstaff Shelter Services soon will be placing people in need of emergency housing in a newly-purchased property.
Apr. 9, 2022
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It’s estimated baby boomers own about half of Arizona’s privately held companies with at least five employees. It’s one reason work is underway to ensure companies stay locally owned for the next generation.
More Arizona business news
Apr. 8, 2022
For older adults living alone, a pet can provide much needed, even lifesaving companionship. But keeping a pet can be expensive. The good news is, there’s support for pet owners and their furry companions.
Apr. 4, 2022
On Wednesday, news broke that actor Bruce Willis is taking a break from acting. The reason, according to his family who shared the news on Instagram, is aphasia, which is impacting his cognitive abilities. What is aphasia and what causes it?
Mar. 31, 2022
Caregiver and nursing home resident
Programs for Spanish-speaking, LGBTQ and veteran caregivers are limited. That’s why one Valley nonprofit is creating content specifically for these individuals.
Mar. 30, 2022
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You’ve seen Silver Alerts posted on ADOT’s electronic billboards. These special alerts have been in use since 2014, and they are a valuable tool for law enforcement and families who are caring for a loved one living with dementia or a developmental disability.
Mar. 29, 2022


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