A new KJZZ series brings you the real people behind the headlines.
Caregiving can cause a lot of financial strain. According to AARP, caregivers spend roughly $7,000 a year on their loved one’s care. If that person has dementia, the out-of-pocket costs can be even higher.
Feb. 22, 2018
Hundreds of volunteers throughout the Valley woke up early Tuesday to participate in the annual “Point in Time Homeless Street Count.”
Jan. 23, 2018
Every year, more older adults are becoming homeless, according to HUD. It’s a nationwide problem. Justa Center in downtown Phoenix is one of the only adult day resource centers in the country. They’re busier than ever serving homeless seniors 55 and older.
Jan. 22, 2018
Last month, a report titled “Dignity Denied: Religious Exemptions and LGBT Elder Services” found that increasing religious freedom laws could hurt LGBT elders.
Jan. 15, 2018
Art is being used to help people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias decrease stress, even communicate. And around the Valley, organizations, including Scottsdale Arts, are creating programs to help improve quality of life.
Dec. 11, 2017
"Overall, closure is not your goal — but making some meaning out of it, that's your goal when you're a caregiver."
Nov. 1, 2017
For many caregivers of people with dementia, grieving a loved one while they’re still alive is not only traumatic, but confusing. But many caregivers are learning to understand this ambiguous loss is changing how caregivers look at life and loss.
Oct. 27, 2017
Senior housing is, and will continue to be a complex issue. There’s not enough inventory, it’s not always affordable, and land costs are rising. Needs and desires are changing - people aren’t only looking for the traditional retirement home anymore, and developers are creating alternative forms of housing.
Oct. 24, 2017
Where you live can determine how well you age, and some cities are more age friendly than others.
Oct. 23, 2017
Ten thousand Americans are turning 65 every day and the people who traditionally take care of them is changing. Forty million men are taking care of their aging loved ones, according to AARP. As the population continues to age, more male caregivers will tackle what was traditionally a woman's role.
Oct. 16, 2017
Arizona has long been a destination for older Americans with its pristine retirement communities. But aging in America isn’t what it used to be. It’s expensive and sometimes isolating. This series aims to explore the reality of an aging society. The aging issue isn’t going away — so let's talk about it.
Oct. 7, 2017
There’s a high prevalence of depression among people with dementia. Now researchers at the University of Arizona and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute have received a grant to study older adults with both conditions.
Sep. 25, 2017
Older Hispanics are facing language and cultural barriers when interacting with their health care providers, according to a poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research which came out last week.
Aug. 28, 2017
Last Monday, Allure Magazine’s editor in chief announced it will no longer use the term “anti-aging” in its magazine. It was a bold move for a magazine that since its beginning has been dedicated to beauty.
Aug. 21, 2017
There are more than 2.7 million LGBT seniors in the U.S., and as they age, health care providers and social service groups must learn how to be sensitive to and informed about their needs. On Thursday, Harmony Hospice in Tucson hosted its first training to address the needs of LGBT elders.
Jul. 14, 2017
In a new survey released by Home Instead Senior Care, a senior care provider, nearly half of the 1,000 female caregivers surveyed nationwide say they sometimes have to choose between being a good employee and a good daughter.
Jun. 23, 2017
Social isolation and loneliness can put older adults at risk for several chronic conditions. In fact, prolonged isolation is comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to the AARP Foundation.
Apr. 27, 2017
Alzheimer’s disease affects some 5 million Americans, up to 5 percent have early-onset Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. These are people in their 40s and 50s. Part two of the "Aging and Intimacy" series explores the very real loss of intimacy between spouses when dementia strikes.
Apr. 7, 2017
Senior housing is a growing industry in the Valley. And a lot goes into not only the development of a community, but also the look and feel. And that's where LuAnn Thoma-Holec of Thoma-Holec Design in Mesa comes in. She's in the business of designing senior housing.
Nov. 1, 2016
The City of Tempe will kick off a conversation Saturday to learn how to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their caregivers.
Mar. 18, 2016