Aging

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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
Sandy Mercer
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can take a toll on both caregivers and the person living with the disease. As it advances, those living with the disease can develop behaviors like anxiety, restlessness and even aggression. Antipsychotics are often prescribed, but there are side-effects. Some providers and caregivers are looking at medical cannabis as an alternative.
Aug. 16, 2019
Person with walker
The number of abuse cases in nursing homes has more than doubled in the U.S. That’s according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at data from the federal agency responsible for making sure nursing homes are safe and free from abuse.
Jul. 31, 2019
brain scans of Alzheimer's patients
Alzheimer’s is one of the costliest diseases, not just to the individual or family that’s living it, but to society as a whole. A new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease this week found that we could be grossly underestimating the true cost of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Jul. 30, 2019
Senior hands
A new study has found that older adults who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities are at risk for fatal injuries, often at the hands of other residents.
Jul. 24, 2019
illustration of a woman holding her face
One in 10 older adults will be a victim of elder abuse. This five-part series explores the different types of elder abuse — including resident-on-resident aggression, financial abuse, sexual abuse, scams and the intersection between victims of elder abuse and those with disabilities.
Jun. 24, 2019
Woman's hands
The names of hundreds of nursing homes across the country with poor performance records have been made public.The list contains program participants and candidates, including some from Arizona.
Jun. 5, 2019
Sylvia Land and her daughter, Pam Bates
There are a lot of stereotypes when it comes to older adults, but the one that probably gets the most play is the one about technology. Despite that, many Arizona seniors are learning to become more tech-savvy.
Survey Finds U.S. Grandparents Shatter Financial, Cultural Stereotypes
May. 16, 2019
first responders help a patient
A year ago, Hospice of the Valley invited a group of 15 people to participate in a fellowship program in which they came up with ideas that could improve care for people living with dementia. When a Phoenix Fire Department captain was selected to participate in the fellowship, his goal was pretty straight forward: educate Phoenix firefighter paramedics about dementia.
Phoenix First Responders Learning To Work With 2 Unique Populations
May. 13, 2019
job search paper with glasses
What’s being done to create more reasonably paid jobs for older Arizonans? One KJZZ listener asked and as part of our Q&AZ reporting series. Alex Juarez, with AARP Arizona, says age discrimination is an issue facing many older adults — which is why AARP created an Employer Pledge Program.
May. 1, 2019
Several beds line the walls and floor at Central Arizona Shelter Services
More and more women are growing old poor. That’s according to a report by the national advocacy group Justice in Aging. In Phoenix, the reasons why this is happening mirror what’s going on nationally.
Special Report: Homeless In Plain Sight
Apr. 17, 2019
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
When we think about family caregivers, we often think about people who are actively providing care. But what is life like for those caregivers when their loved one passes away or is placed in a memory care facility?
Learning About 'Ambiguous Loss' Helps Some Caregivers Cope With Grief
Mar. 22, 2019
Frances “Fran” Cohen
AARP calls them “age disruptors.” People over the age 50 who are finding ways to reinvent themselves. For some, that reason is financial. For others, it’s purpose. Meet some of Arizona’s very own age disruptors.
Mar. 4, 2019
Hacienda HealthCare facility
Individuals with intellectual and development disabilities are seven times likely to be victims of sexual assault according to an NPR report and the Department of Justice… but what happens to those caregivers who commit abuse?
Jan. 24, 2019
collage of lgbt elders
Nearly nine in 10 Americans say they know someone who’s gay, but for the 1 to 3 million LGBT elders in the U.S., growing old gay could mean going back into the closet. In this three-part series, KJZZ's Kathy Ritchie examines the many hurdles — including stigma, social isolation and financial challenges — facing LGBT elders.
Part 1: Long-Term Care | Part 2: Aging With HIV | Part 3: Trans Elders
Nov. 7, 2018
Alzheimer's disease patients
Nearly a year after the movie "Coco" was released, some aging and dementia organizations are still talking about the film, because it hit on a topic that some Latino families don’t want to talk about: dementia.
Nov. 5, 2018
KJZZ logo generic card
A new study by AARP found that dementia drugs are often given to patients for 13 months or longer — even though there’s little evidence the drugs are effective after a year.
Aug. 27, 2018
centers for disease control cdc
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 in 9 adults, age 45 and older experienced confusion or memory loss — and is one of the earliest noticeable symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Jul. 20, 2018
dental tools on a tray
In 2014, 1.4 million Americans lived in a long-term care facility, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Long-term care is a growing business, and families who rely on that care, often assume that every need is being met, and most of the time, it is. However, there are a few cracks in the system.
Jul. 13, 2018

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