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Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Late last month, the Arizona Department of Health Services resumed use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine following a safety review. For providers in rural parts of the state, it was good news. They were able to continue vaccinating homebound seniors.
May. 7, 2021
More and more older Arizonans are struggling with food insecurity, but there’s new data from the Department of Economic Security showing that roughly 60% who are eligible for food stamps are not enrolled in the program.
May. 6, 2021
Nursing home outdoor visit
On Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a bill that would’ve allowed the board that regulates leadership at long-term care facilities to continue. Instead, he wants to transfer those responsibilities to the Arizona Department of Health Services. It’s unclear when or how that’ll unfold.
May. 5, 2021
Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff
A year ago, nursing faculty at Northern Arizona University had to hustle to get students clinical placements — a requirement of the nursing program. But COVID-19 had shut everything down. So, the students started working with older adults over the phone to complete the program.
Apr. 26, 2021
beer bottles
Over the course of the last year, alcohol consumption is up. Some people use it to cope with anxiety or stress. This is especially true among some older adults.
Apr. 22, 2021
Nursing home outdoor visit
The number of coronavirus cases and deaths in nursing homes is declining in Arizona, according to the latest figures from AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard. But there are still challenges, specifically when it comes to long-term care staffing.
Apr. 19, 2021
Some of the older adults that the Northern Arizona Council of Governments serves
Last month, President Biden signed the American Rescue Act. The bill included money for Older Americans Act programs, like senior centers and home-delivered meals. The head of one organization in Arizona recently learned she’ll be getting roughly $2.5 million in the coming months.
Apr. 16, 2021
Woman and caregiver holding hands
Long-term care ombudsmen serve as advocates for people living in Arizona nursing homes who may not have family or friends to be their voice. But where were they during the pandemic, when nursing homes were locked down? It’s a question one organization set out to answer.
Apr. 12, 2021
Vaccination card
Through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, several listeners have asked how homebound seniors can get the coronavirus vaccine. In Arizona, efforts are underway to make that happen.
Apr. 9, 2021
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Pharmacy chains like Walgreens and CVS have been vaccinating long-term care residents and staff since December. Now, that program is coming to an end.
Apr. 8, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many deep societal fissures. A big one is the caregiving burden. We saw this with working mothers who left the labor force to care for their children. The same challenges face adult daughters who are caring for aging parents.
More Stories About Aging In Arizona
Apr. 5, 2021
Mesa Public Schools vaccine event
Older adults who want to age in their own home sometimes require additional support — they may need meals delivered or a ride to a doctor’s appointment. The coronavirus pandemic imposed many more hurdles on this population, especially when it came to vaccine access.
Apr. 5, 2021
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Clinical trials are an important step in finding treatments for certain diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease which has no cure. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are concerns that participation in these trials has been lagging.
Apr. 5, 2021
Cars wait in line at a COVID-19 testing site in El Mirage
A new website aims to be a one-stop shop for the transportation needs of older adults across the state. The website is especially important now when some seniors need a ride to get a coronavirus vaccine.
Apr. 2, 2021
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The number of older people slipping into poverty is on the rise. And for many, it’s a new experience.
Mar. 29, 2021
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Loneliness and isolation are still issues affecting older adults. Despite progress being made with the vaccine rollout in Arizona, life is not going back to normal for seniors just yet. Now one organization is trying to eliminate loneliness and isolation using technology.
Mar. 29, 2021
Person with walker
One of the leading organizations known for investigating human rights abuses around the globe issued a new report this week about nursing home neglect in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar. 29, 2021
Nursing home outdoor visit
Roughly three months ago, things were not looking good at most long-term care facilities. Cases were soaring, people were dying and the vaccine rollout was just getting started. Since then, a lot has changed.
Mar. 26, 2021
man with hands in his lap
More than a third of all deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. have been in nursing homes, and new research from Northern Arizona University shows nursing homes that serve higher proportions of racial and ethnic minority residents have been hit especially hard.
Mar. 16, 2021
2019 Novel Coronavirus Model
More evidence is emerging that COVID-19 can have a negative impact on brain health. A new report from the AARP Global Council on Brain Health looks at the ways the virus can attack gray matter.
Mar. 12, 2021


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