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A bill that would establish a certification process for memory care services, and set training standards for staff who work at facilities that offer those services, is moving through the Arizona Legislature.
Feb. 15, 2024
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A nursing assistant is accused of raping, and impregnating, a resident at a skilled nursing facility in Goodyear. The story is reminiscent of when an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth at the Hacienda HealthCare intermediate care facility in Phoenix more than five years ago.
Feb. 9, 2024
For the last few years, lawmakers and kinship foster families have been pushing to increase the amount of money they receive each month to help raise the kids in their care. Yet another bill to do just that is moving through the Arizona Legislature.
Feb. 9, 2024
Zumba class at Casa de Primavera senior center in west Phoenix
Loneliness and social isolation among older adults can lead to poor health outcomes and even death. For older Latinos, cultural barriers can exacerbate that isolation. This mostly Spanish-speaking senior center is tackling the problem.
Feb. 9, 2024
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Almost everyone will one day be a caregiver or need care. And care is costly. For middle-income earners, it could mean relying on adult children or impoverishing themselves to qualify for a program like Medicaid.
Feb. 6, 2024
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Direct care workers labor in long-term care settings and are, predominantly, women of color. In Arizona, about a quarter of them are also immigrants. Immigrants continue to be a vital part of this workforce.
Feb. 2, 2024
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Heart disease is the third-leading cause of death in Arizona among adults ages 45 to 64. When it comes to symptoms of a heart attack, most of us know the big one — chest pain on the left side of the body. For women, that’s not always the case.
Jan. 29, 2024
Mark Kelly
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing about the state of assisted living across the U.S., from the cost to the quality of care. Lawmakers heard testimony from caregivers, advocates and providers.
Jan. 25, 2024
Sarah Bahnson
Educating long-term care staff about how to care for and support older LGBTQ residents can be lifesaving. It’s one reason why the Pima Council on Aging in Southern Arizona has updated its training program.
Jan. 22, 2024
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Gov. Katie Hobbs says she wants to improve care and accountability in long-term care facilities — and her budget reflects that. But for lower-income seniors who want to age at home and need support, there isn’t much there.
Jan. 19, 2024
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Rising housing prices can hit older adults hard, especially if they’re on a fixed income. Now, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will allocate $2 million that’ll go towards senior apartments in Goodyear.
Jan. 17, 2024
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Reports of abuse and neglect in long-term care over the years may lead to some legislative action this session.
Jan. 15, 2024
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Traveling can be stressful in the best of circumstances. Now, imagine boarding a packed flight or clearing customs with a loved one who has dementia. It can be challenging. A workshop being offered at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on dementia-friendly air travel can help.
Jan. 11, 2024
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Earlier this week, Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs reaffirmed her commitment to improving long-term care during her State of the State address.
Jan. 10, 2024
Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix
When an older adult lands in the emergency room, it can be disorienting and even lead to worse outcomes. That’s one reason why Banner University became the first accredited geriatric emergency department in Arizona several years ago. Now, it’s the first again for something else.
Dec. 29, 2023
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After Sky Harbor hosted its first dementia travel workshop over the summer, staff are bringing it back on Wednesday, January 10.
Dec. 28, 2023
Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 bivalent omicron booster vial
There’s some good news and bad news in the world of vaccines. Most nursing home residents in Arizona still haven’t gotten their COVID-19 booster. And for the first time, vaccines are available to protect against four respiratory illnesses.
Dec. 28, 2023
Doctor explaining medicine dosage to patient at care home
The Alzheimer's Association in Phoenix has been wanting to hear from family caregivers about their experiences with memory care facilities.
Dec. 21, 2023
Earlier this month, two members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation co-sponsored a bipartisan bill to evaluate menopausal studies and support additional research.
Dec. 21, 2023
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The number of older incarcerated women is on the rise, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health. And with that comes health care needs, including menopause support.
Dec. 18, 2023

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