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For the many Arizonans who have a loved one in a long-term care facility, the stress of not being able to see that person continues to mount. Facilities are restricting visitors due to the coronavirus outbreak.
May. 11, 2020
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In a statement, Desert Cove Nursing Center in Chandler confirmed that more than 50 of its residents and staff have COVID-19. Four residents have already died from the disease and seven are in the hospital.
May. 3, 2020
Dr. Cara Christ
Arizona will not release the names of nursing homes that have residents with confirmed COVID-19 infections. The head of the Arizona Department of Health Services cited state law as the reason why.
May. 1, 2020
Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix
So many Arizonans are caring for others right now — both professionally and personally. KJZZ talked to some of them about how they're coping and navigating this strange new world during the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr. 27, 2020
Cynthia Salk
Since mid-March, the Phoenix-based Area Agency on Aging has received a record number of calls to its Senior HELP LINE. Who’s answering these calls? And what’s happening on the other end of the line?
Apr. 21, 2020
Fountain Hills is probably best known for its iconic fountain. But after Gov. Ducey ordered Arizonans to stay home due to the coronavirus, residents are finding creative ways to reach out to their most vulnerable neighbors.
Apr. 20, 2020
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Maricopa County’s director for disease control says it’s working with long-term care facilities to inform residents and their families when there’s a confirmed case of COVID 19. But for some, it could end up being a guessing game.
Apr. 16, 2020
Dr. Cara Christ
As of Sunday, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health had reported 169 cases of coronavirus in 30 long-term care facilities. The names of those facilities have not been disclosed. Now one aging advocacy group is trying to change that.
Apr. 14, 2020
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Women make up the majority of direct care workers. Direct care workers help older adults and people with disabilities bathe, eat and dress themselves. The work can be difficult, the pay is at or near minimum wage, yet they’re essential to keeping our older adults safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr. 13, 2020
Senior hands
Life for many caregivers and those living with dementia is already very isolating. Often, friends and family drift away. But caregiving during the coronavirus pandemic can add an extra layer of stress to an already stressful situation.
Mar. 28, 2020
Woman and caregiver holding hands
Many older adults are struggling to get food during the coronavirus pandemic. They are also at an increase risk of being scammed.
Mar. 26, 2020
Sherry Griffin and her granddaughter, Morgan
Nearly 60,000 Arizona children are being raised by their grandparents. But with the coronavirus pandemic and calls for older adults to stay away from public spaces and practice social distancing, how are Arizona's “grandfamilies” coping with what feels like an impossible situation at times?
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Mar. 24, 2020
Senior hands
Hundreds of homebound older adults in Arizona rely on volunteers to help them with things like grocery shopping or going to a doctor’s appointment. But with the coronavirus pandemic, some volunteers are struggling to support these individuals.
Mar. 23, 2020
Shoppers line up before 5 a.m. at the Sun Lakes Bashas' store
As many Arizonans prepare to hunker down amid the coronavirus pandemic, they’re hitting grocery stores and clearing out inventory. But one grocery store is trying to help senior citizens get what they need during this time.
Mar. 18, 2020
Christopher Tiffany and Lindsay Ashworth
The Show sat down with Lindsay Ashworth of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, Christopher Tiffany with the social services group Raising Special Kids and KJZZ’s Kathy Ritchie.
Jan. 6, 2020
Simur Khurana
Is it possible to teach empathy? That’s what one Arizona doctor is trying to do using virtual reality. The experience aims to help younger people understand what it’s like to have dementia — and encourage them to pursue careers in the aging and dementia fields.
Talking To Dementia Patients About When To Give Up Driving
Dec. 3, 2019
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As we near the end of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we thought we’d introduce you to two caregivers who are navigating the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
Nov. 27, 2019
"The Recovering Caregiver" is a four-episode podcast about life after dementia. This podcast is geared toward caregivers who have entered the final phase of caregiving: life without their loved one. This podcast was inspired by Kathy Ritchie's own journey.
Nov. 17, 2019
Dana Kennedy of AARP of Arizona
The number of older Arizonans who are becoming homeless for the first time is on the rise. And once a person becomes homeless, it can take up to two years to get into affordable housing.
Oct. 16, 2019
Arizona Capitol building
On Tuesday, members of the Arizona Legislature, as well as disability and aging advocates and heads of some state agencies, held a study committee to look at the issue of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults with disabilities and seniors.
Aug. 22, 2019

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