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A new study in JAMA Neurology found that deaths among older adults living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias surged during the first year of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar. 7, 2022
A mask sign at a Phoenix business
Less than two months ago, long-term care facilities were on the brink due to the spike in omicron infections. Now, the CDC is saying the majority of Americans don’t need to wear masks in many indoor settings, including schools. But that guidance does not include nursing homes.
Mar. 1, 2022
University of Arizona campus
A new initiative from the University of Arizona Health Sciences seeks to unite global experts from universities, government agencies, nonprofits and industry to develop solutions to future pandemics.
Mar. 1, 2022
Tiesha Harrison
Last week, Scottsdale Arts hosted an opening reception for the exhibition “What Makes Me Me.” It featured self-portraits of 35 Arizona artists living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
More stories about aging in Arizona
Feb. 27, 2022
grandparent holding hands
Roughly 60,000 grandparents in Arizona are raising their grandchildren. But raising children later in life can be financially difficult. Once again, efforts are being made again at the Legislature to boost state aid for kinship foster care.
Feb. 18, 2022
Caregiver and nursing home resident
As nursing homes continue to suffer staffing shortages, some long-term care providers are dealing with another headache: potential price gouging by direct care staffing agencies.
Feb. 15, 2022
Online dating
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Federal Trade Commission released its yearly report on online romance scams. The report shows a record $547 million was lost in 2021, after more than $300 million was lost in 2020.
Feb. 12, 2022
A study out of Arizona State University will explore how exercise and brain training can affect memory in people who have mild cognitive impairment.
Feb. 12, 2022
person counting money
A bill is moving through the Arizona Legislature that could help workers save for their retirement. It’s called the work-and-save program and it would let people who don’t have access to a retirement savings account at work, like a 401(k), to still contribute to some type of fund.
Feb. 11, 2022
caregiver
A national organization that focuses on strengthening the direct care workforce —- people who provide hands-on caregiving — released a new research brief about the inequities facing these workers.
Feb. 8, 2022
Caregivers
As Arizonans age, there’s data showing that they, along with most older Americans, want to age at home. But studies also show many of us will need some type of long-term service or support at some point — if we don’t already. But just like in nursing homes, organizations that help older adults age in place are facing severe staffing shortages.
Feb. 7, 2022
man with hands in his lap
Rural older adults — people 65 and older — are still struggling with issues of isolation and loneliness nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. A leader from one Arizona health care group says roughly two years later, things are not getting better.
Feb. 7, 2022
Arizona State Capitol building
Though it’s still early in the new Arizona legislative session, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee has passed a trio of bills aimed at increasing oversight and accountability in group homes that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Feb. 3, 2022
Diane Drazinsk and Alvine Sundin
On Jan. 21, 2020, the CDC confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the U.S. We all know what happened next: our lives radically changed. For residents and staff in long-term care, they endured shutdowns, COVID-19 outbreaks, staffing shortages and loss of life. So what’s life like now for those living and working in nursing homes? We take a look.
Jan. 31, 2022
A COVID-19 vaccine event
When it comes to the percentage of residents in long-term care who are boosted, the figure is low. Slightly more than 40% have received their third dose. And with the omicron variant spreading like wildfire in long-term care, AARP Arizona is calling on nursing homes to require boosters for staff and residents.
Jan. 24, 2022
A Biogen researcher
Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it would cover the costs of a new Alzheimer’s drug. However, only if patients participate in clinical trials.
Jan. 21, 2022
Person with walker getting help
Nursing homes and long-term care facilities report numbers directly to the CDC, making it hard to see state specific data.
Jan. 21, 2022
Sarah Jessica Parker Cynthia Nixon And Just Like That
“Sex and the City's” sequel has met extremely mixed reactions — maybe in part because it doesn't ring true, at least it doesn't for humorist and best-selling author Laurie Notaro, who happens to be a woman in her 50s.
More arts and entertainment news
Jan. 18, 2022
Laraine Herring
In December 2021, Laraine Herring published the fourth installment of "Hags on Fire," a zine that documents aging and menopause through poetry, fiction and nonfiction submissions.
Jan. 10, 2022
Phoenix pollution
Exposure to air pollution late in life raises the risk of developing dementia. But does that mean improving air quality can reduce those risks? A new study offers some clues.
Jan. 6, 2022

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