Aging

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elderly woman with geriatric doctor
There’s a shortage of geriatric health professionals nationwide, catching the attention of lawmakers.
May. 25, 2018
Fallen senior
The CDC reports that death from older adult falls is on the rise — from about 18,000 in 2007 to almost 30,000 in 2016. Fall deaths in Arizona are also up. "In 2007 Arizona had 637 fall deaths and that rose to 983 in 2016," said Elizabeth Burns, a health scientist with the CDC.
May. 14, 2018
Bottle of prescription medication
Last month, AARP released a study about the use of antipsychotic drugs in older adults with dementia. It found these drugs are increasingly being used outside nursing homes, despite the increased risk of death.
May. 10, 2018
AARP report
More than 60 percent of LGBT adults age 45 and older say they’re worried that a long term care facility might refuse or provide limited care, according to a new AARP survey.
Apr. 5, 2018
Cindy Saverino
How old is old? At age 50, you might start getting flyers in the mail from AARP. At 55, you could move into one of those “active adult” communities, but you won’t qualify for benefits like Medicare until you’re 65. Age is a moving target.
Apr. 2, 2018
Caregiver and patient
Caregiving can cause a lot of financial strain. According to AARP, caregivers spend roughly $7,000 a year on their loved one’s care. If that person has dementia, the out-of-pocket costs can be even higher.
Feb. 22, 2018
Hundreds of volunteers throughout the Valley woke up early Tuesday to participate in the annual “Point in Time Homeless Street Count.”
Jan. 23, 2018
Justa Center in downtown Phoenix
Every year, more older adults are becoming homeless, according to HUD. It’s a nationwide problem. Justa Center in downtown Phoenix is one of the only adult day resource centers in the country. They’re busier than ever serving homeless seniors 55 and older.
Jan. 22, 2018
Older woman crying
Last month, a report titled “Dignity Denied: Religious Exemptions and LGBT Elder Services” found that increasing religious freedom laws could hurt LGBT elders.
Jan. 15, 2018
Allyson Yoder
Art is being used to help people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias decrease stress, even communicate. And around the Valley, organizations, including Scottsdale Arts, are creating programs to help improve quality of life.
Dec. 11, 2017
Dr. Pauline Boss
"Overall, closure is not your goal — but making some meaning out of it, that's your goal when you're a caregiver."
Nov. 1, 2017
Joanne Romano and Larry
For many caregivers of people with dementia, grieving a loved one while they’re still alive is not only traumatic, but confusing. But many caregivers are learning to understand this ambiguous loss is changing how caregivers look at life and loss.
Oct. 27, 2017
Senior housing is, and will continue to be a complex issue. There’s not enough inventory, it’s not always affordable, and land costs are rising. Needs and desires are changing - people aren’t only looking for the traditional retirement home anymore, and developers are creating alternative forms of housing.
Oct. 24, 2017
Where you live can determine how well you age, and some cities are more age friendly than others.
Oct. 23, 2017
Aging Series
Ten thousand Americans are turning 65 every day and the people who traditionally take care of them is changing. Forty million men are taking care of their aging loved ones, according to AARP. As the population continues to age, more male caregivers will tackle what was traditionally a woman's role.
Oct. 16, 2017
the state of aging logo
Arizona has long been a destination for older Americans with its pristine retirement communities. But aging in America isn’t what it used to be. It’s expensive and sometimes isolating. This series aims to explore the reality of an aging society. The aging issue isn’t going away — so let's talk about it.
Oct. 7, 2017
elderly patient
There’s a high prevalence of depression among people with dementia. Now researchers at the University of Arizona and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute have received a grant to study older adults with both conditions.
Sep. 25, 2017
health
Older Hispanics are facing language and cultural barriers when interacting with their health care providers, according to a poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research which came out last week.
Aug. 28, 2017
Last Monday, Allure Magazine’s editor in chief announced it will no longer use the term “anti-aging” in its magazine. It was a bold move for a magazine that since its beginning has been dedicated to beauty.
Aug. 21, 2017
There are more than 2.7 million LGBT seniors in the U.S., and as they age, health care providers and social service groups must learn how to be sensitive to and informed about their needs. On Thursday, Harmony Hospice in Tucson hosted its first training to address the needs of LGBT elders.
Jul. 14, 2017

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