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Eight months after the country shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, family caregivers continue to struggle. Even though restaurants, gyms and schools are mostly open for business, many of the respite services caregivers relied on, like adult day programs, remain closed. The price? Caregiver burnout.
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Nov. 14, 2020
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The industry group that represents long-term care across the country is warning of an uptick in coronavirus cases in nursing homes. Arizona could soon see another spike in cases. The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living released a report showing a 43% increase in new cases, mostly in the Midwest.
Nov. 3, 2020
Nursing home outdoor visit
Despite an uptick in coronavirus cases, long-term care facilities are reporting that family visits are going well. Dana Kennedy, the state director of AARP Arizona, said nice weather allows for safer outdoor visits.
Oct. 30, 2020
COVID-19 has exposed the role ageism plays in our society. And it’s not just the very old that it’s hurting. A study has found that people 55 and up now face higher unemployment rates than mid-career workers.
Oct. 30, 2020
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Eligible Arizona voters living in long-term care and hospitals have until 5 p.m. Friday to request a ballot for the upcoming presidential election. The message from AARP Arizona was clear: "Just because you're in a long-term care facility doesn't mean that you're not able to vote."
Oct. 23, 2020
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Could the U.S. see another spike in nursing home deaths due to the coronavirus? At least one industry group says yes. But as providers gear up for another possible influx of cases, one thing is clear: the way many nursing homes are set up, with more than one person in a room, might need to change.
Oct. 20, 2020
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On Friday, federal health officials unveiled a plan to get coronavirus vaccines to nursing home residents. Once a vaccine is approved and available, the distribution effort will involve two national pharmacy chains.
Oct. 19, 2020
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A new study has found that the direct care workforce — those who provide hands-on care to older adults and people with disabilities — earn a lower median wage compared to jobs with similar entry-level requirements.
Oct. 14, 2020
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During the 2016 presidential campaign, people 65 and older were more likely to share unverified or fake news stories on Facebook. And we know, even now, fake news stories and memes remain a serious, even dangerous problem. So, how do you know what’s real anymore? Well, there's a class for that.
Oct. 2, 2020
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People with dementia have the right to vote. But sometimes, this population needs extra support to cast their ballot. There’s a new guide out to help voters who have certain cognitive impairments.
Voting With Disabilities: Accessing Assistance | Barriers In Place
Oct. 2, 2020
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People with disabilities often face barriers to voting in Arizona. Case in point: Cochise County tried to prohibit voters from accessing curbside voting. Some disability advocates are worried that those who need help marking their ballot could be disenfranchised in Maricopa County.
Sep. 28, 2020
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Six months ago, Arizona long-term care facilities restricted family visits due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, they are cautiously welcoming visitors again. When the pandemic hit, the idea was to restrict visitors to keep vulnerable residents safe. Very few people thought the restrictions would last so long.
Sep. 20, 2020
Phoenix nursing home fire
On Sept. 10, the Phoenix Fire Department responded to a fire at a nursing home. Crews evacuated 27 residents. But with COVID-19 being so rampant at long term care facilities, how do first responders stay safe?
Sep. 13, 2020
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Roughly 80% of coronavirus deaths are among older adults. Now some nursing home executives were calling on lawmakers to provide some financial relief. But some providers, including one from Arizona, may have to wait even longer for a lifeline.
Sep. 13, 2020
Person with walker
Last week, Maricopa County reached a grim milestone: More than 1,000 residents in long-term care have now died from the coronavirus. For more about what’s happening in these types of congregate settings, The Show spoke with KJZZ's Kathy Ritchie.
Sep. 8, 2020
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More than 5,000 Arizonans have died from COVID-19. And that number will likely increase, meaning the coronavirus could be on track to be the No. 3 cause of death in Arizona for 2020.
Aug. 31, 2020
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Arizona families with loved ones in long-term care facilities will soon be allowed to visit them — possibly as early as next week. The Task Force on Long-Term Care met Tuesday and moved ahead with several recommendations that would allow visitors inside.
Aug. 26, 2020
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Many long-term care facilities are struggling to stay afloat financially due to the coronavirus pandemic. A new survey from two long term care industry groups found that roughly half are operating at a loss, and many facilities are worried they won’t be around in another year if things stay the same.
Aug. 25, 2020
Painting of "Justa Center Expect Miracles"
Older adults experiencing homelessness right now are struggling. Because of the coronavirus, many public places like libraries are closed. And then, there is the heat. Many of those older adults go to Justa Center in downtown Phoenix to cool off and take a break.
Aug. 24, 2020
Hacienda HealthCare facility
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are at high risk of contracting the coronavirus. But some disability advocates worry the number of cases is being underreported, especially in intermediate care facilities that provide nursing care to people with disabilities.
Aug. 18, 2020

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