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A nuclear bomb being tested in Nevada in 1957.
An estimated 2,000 Arizonans currently living in Mohave County suffered the effects of radiation exposure from nuclear testing during the Cold War. Yet, the U.S. government doesn’t recognize them as victims. The Downwinders Parity Act introduced last month by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is the latest in a long line of bipartisan attempts to compensate them.
Mar. 23, 2023
medical insurance form
Starting April 1, AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid program, will start its redetermination process. The idea is to ensure all 2.5 million members still qualify for AHCCCS — and that includes thousands of older adults.
Mar. 21, 2023
Advocates, doctors and lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 to underscore the need for more Alzheimer's resources in Arizona.
In the next six years, Arizona will have more people over the age of 60 than under the age of 17. Advocates say the state isn’t prepared for that.
Mar. 15, 2023
tempe city sign
Tempe became a “dementia friendly” city in 2016. It was the first city in Arizona to do so. A lot has happened since then, including a global pandemic. So where is the city today?
Mar. 10, 2023
a caregiver helping a person stand up
A new report from AARP looks at the financial costs of family caregiving for loved ones living with chronic, disabling or serious health conditions. The unpaid work provided by family caregivers is valued at an estimated $600 billion.
Mar. 10, 2023
hospital devices
More than half a million Arizonans could lose their health care coverage on April 1. These individuals rely on AHCCCS, the state’s Medicaid program. Now, the agency is trying to contact everyone at risk of losing their insurance.
Mar. 10, 2023
Firearm deaths are a growing problem, both across the U.S. and in Arizona. Now, a new report finds that gun violence is one of the leading causes of death among adults and children in the state.
Mar. 9, 2023
Agua Fria Union High School District students
The Agua Fria Union High School District has a program called "Senior to Senior," which usually connects older adults in the community to high school seniors. This week, they brought the program to younger kids in Avondale.
Mar. 7, 2023
hospital bed
Hospitals across the state are still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Staffing shortages and financial challenges are two big pain points for this industry.
Mar. 7, 2023
Brain scan
Last month, the family of actor Bruce Willis announced that he has frontotemporal dementia, or FTD. It’s a lesser known type of dementia, which means research is limited. But some of that work is happening here.
Mar. 6, 2023
ASU campus
The National Institute on Aging will provide funding for research conducted by Arizona State University to study caregivers of dementia patients who have died. A grant of more than seven hundred thousand dollars will go to ASU’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
Feb. 24, 2023
Some Republican state lawmakers want all long-term care facilities in Arizona to have a chaplain program. This bill is one of three measures related to nursing homes put forth by the same senator.
Feb. 20, 2023
a person and a child holding hands
A bill is moving through the state Legislature that would increase the monthly stipend of kinship families — grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
Feb. 16, 2023
Arizona Capitol copper dome statue Phoenix
Several health-related bills that could impact older adults are winding their way through the Arizona Legislature — measures like vaccine mandates and religious exemptions, an Alzheimer’s state plan and changes in yearly nursing home inspections.
Feb. 9, 2023
Arizona Alzheimer's State Plan report cover
A bill in the legislature would require the Arizona Department of Health Services to establish a “dementia services program” and update the Arizona Alzheimer’s State Plan.
Feb. 6, 2023
A bill in the Arizona Legislature would let nursing homes and assisted living facilities use a third party to conduct their annual inspections. Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association, is not too thrilled about this measure.
Feb. 6, 2023
Baseball is America’s national pastime. It’s also a way for people living with Alzheimer’s and their care partners to find support.
Feb. 4, 2023
person sitting in a dark room
Late last week, a government watchdog agency issued a report calling for increased transparency when it comes to nursing home ownership, because different ownership types can lead to different health outcomes for residents.
Feb. 4, 2023
Uterine cancer graphic
Uterine cancer cases are on the rise. And among women of color, the rates are even higher. Black, Latina and Asian women are impacted at a rate that’s 2.5 times higher than white women.
Feb. 3, 2023
Caregiver and nursing home resident
Earlier this month, a national nonprofit that studies the paid caregiving workforce ranked states on how they support these critical workers. Arizona is somewhere in the middle.
Jan. 30, 2023


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