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Caregiver and nursing home resident
According to the most recent data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 70% of employees in Arizona's long-term care facilities are fully vaccinated. The national average is more than 75%.
Dec. 2, 2021
Caregiver and patient
One in five adults in the U.S. provide unpaid health care and support to a family member or friend. But caregiving can also take a mental toll, one that can hinder vital tasks like giving medicines or managing finances.
Nov. 26, 2021
The holidays are a time for gathering with friends and family, but they can also be a lonely time for some older adults.
Nov. 26, 2021
Hospital patient in wheelchair
In 2020, Arizona launched what officials are calling the first in the nation reimbursement program for caregivers. It was extended to last through 2024, with $1 million available to reimburse eligible applicants.
More Arizona aging news
Nov. 4, 2021
man with hands in his lap
Arizona has the fastest growing number of cases in the nation of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association.
Oct. 15, 2021
Sky Harbor
Sky Harbor has now become dementia friendly as part of Phoenix’s initiative to become a dementia friendly city.
Oct. 12, 2021
people holding hands
The elderly care industry is about to boom — mainly because there are about to be so many more people over the age of 65 in the country. But there are big issues facing that industry.
Oct. 7, 2021
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $60 million grant to a national project for studying why people's brains age differently. The University of Arizona will lead the Precision Aging Network, which will include scientists and technologies from TGen and Arizona State University.
Sep. 30, 2021
The U.S. Senate $1 trillion infrastructure bill is focused on roads, bridges and other traditional builds. It does not include the additional funding that Dora Vasquez, executive director of the Arizona Alliance of for Retired Americans, says Arizona needs and is included in the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better package.
Sep. 28, 2021
grandparent holding hands
Health care workers are in short supply across the country right now after 18 months of a pandemic. Many have left the industry, and many more are feeling the burnout after so long battling the virus.
Sep. 15, 2021
Surgeries can improve quality of life. But brain changes that at times accompany aging can put seniors at greater risk for disorders arising from surgery and anesthesia, including delirium, impaired memory and problems with comprehension.
More Arizona Science News
Sep. 14, 2021
Shady Park
The recent addition of a retirement community on the Arizona State University campus in downtown Tempe has prompted complaints about noise coming from nearby bars and restaurants. Those venues cater to thousands of college students.
Sep. 5, 2021
DES Office
The Arizona Department of Economic Security will start distributing $2.5 million to support the Area Agencies on Aging. The money was part of its budget allocation.
Sep. 2, 2021
waymo car
A Federal Transit Administration report found seniors and riders certified under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the East Valley prefer autonomous vehicles over traditional taxis or rideshare options.
Aug. 30, 2021
Woman's hands
Scientists have long known that older adults with impaired vision face twice the risk of cognitive decline, the fifth-leading cause of disability among seniors. But the specific types of visual and mental keenness involved remain unclear. A new study brings them into sharper focus.
Jul. 29, 2021
TGen logo
Mental reaction times can slow due to normal aging and disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. But their diagnostic value depends on how well scientists can link changes to their causes. One of the largest studies so far offers some clues.
Jul. 16, 2021
Diego Mastroeni
The onset and advancement of Alzheimer’s disease is affected not only by a patient’s genes but also by the molecular switches that turn them on and off. Now, one of the largest studies so far of this epigenome offers scores of possible treatment targets.
Jul. 1, 2021
grandparent holding hands
Parents and unpaid caregivers of adults have long faced mental health challenges brought on by the stressors of their roles. A new study published by the CDC shows how COVID-19 may have intensified those struggles.
Jun. 18, 2021
Nursing home outdoor visit
COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes are well studied. But less is known about assisted-living residents, most of whom are over 80 years old and have multiple chronic illnesses. A new study provides some clues.
Jun. 16, 2021
Participants in Phoenix Center for the Arts' With Art in Mind program
The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly devastating for Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. The Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has combated the crisis by offering virtual art classes to people with dementia — and new research shows such classes may help rewire the brains of people suffering from the disease.
More Hear Arizona Stories
Jun. 7, 2021


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