Dr. Debora Wickman
Many of Dr. Debra Wickman's patients come to her because of pain.
Dec. 1, 2023
Aging hands
Knowing which scams are most commonly used to target older people can help. Two of the most common are the “grandparent” scam and romance scams, said Kathy Stokes, director of fraud prevention at AARP.
Nov. 25, 2023
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Could music be the key to helping women who are experiencing sleep problems during menopause? A recent study suggests that it could.
Nov. 25, 2023
people holding a baby
More than 62,000 Arizona grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren. It’s a number that continues to grow. Now, a new report shows the emotional toll it can take on both grandparents and the kids they raise.
Nov. 20, 2023
COVID-19 vaccine
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, only 6% of residents in Arizona nursing homes are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccines. For staff, that figure is even lower. Just over 1% received the latest booster or the bivalent shot in the past two months.
Nov. 20, 2023
Dr. Jewel Kling
Mood changes and hot flashes are common mesopause symptoms that don’t just happen at home. They happen at work, too.
Nov. 17, 2023
Brain scan
What if you knew you had Alzheimer’s disease before you had any symptoms? Blood tests that can detect amyloid plaque and tau, the proteins involved in dementia, will soon be available.
Nov. 14, 2023
Dogtags hanging in font the flag of the United States of America
Arizonans who provide care for veterans spend — on average — more than $11,000 on related caregiving costs, according to AARP data. That’s one-and-a-half times higher than what other family caregivers spend.
Nov. 13, 2023
person sitting in a dark room
Aging with a serious mental illness can be complex and incredibly frustrating for families who are trying to find adequate care.
Nov. 13, 2023
A blue rubber bracelet with a metal plate on it is shown here. Engraved in the metal are letters and numbers that read 'PCSD12345.' It is an example of the bracelets the program uses.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has launched a “Lost Assistance” program. Here's how it provides information to help reunite lost people with their caregivers.
Nov. 9, 2023
DES Office
Arizona state lawmakers and stakeholders are considering recommendations from a recent auditor general’s report for changes to agencies that handle reports of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults.
Nov. 8, 2023
two people walking down a nursing home hallway
Arizona is one of 15 states urging the federal government to create stronger minimum staffing standards for nursing homes. Kris Mayes has joined a coalition of other state attorneys general who are calling for change.
Nov. 7, 2023
CASS Haven on McDowell hotel room
There’s a growing need for senior specific services among unhoused older adults. But places that can care for homeless individuals living with conditions like dementia or serious mental illness are practically non-existent. So, where do they go?
Nov. 7, 2023
Ballot for city of Phoenix
Initial results from Tuesday’s election show support for Phoenix issuing half a billion dollars in bonds, with approval ranging from 60% to 70%.
Nov. 7, 2023
Medicare card
It’s that time of year when older Arizonans can update and enroll in their 2024 Medicare plans. Medicare Director Meena Seshamani touted the new benefits, including drug costs, in Phoenix on Monday.
Nov. 6, 2023
A 57-year-old CASS resident completes a section of the MoCA that asks him to duplicate a drawing
Central Arizona Shelter Services, Maricopa County’s largest homeless shelter, is starting to screen its older clients for possible neurological disorders. Of those tested, 91% received a score that indicates dementia or cognitive impairment.
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Nov. 2, 2023
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The Pima County Sheriff's Department is unveiling a new program to help those with developmental disabilities who wander off or get lost, be reunited with their caregivers and loved ones.
Nov. 2, 2023
Black Americans make up about 13% of the U.S. population but account for close to 20% of people with Alzheimer's disease. But only 3% of Blacks are represented in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs.
Nov. 1, 2023
Michael Genaldi and Lisa Glow
On Oct. 25, a new temporary emergency opened its doors for homeless senior citizens in Phoenix. KJZZ’s Kathy Ritchie was there the following day as residents were arriving and getting settled.
Oct. 30, 2023
Assisted living
Governor Katie Hobbs is directing two state agencies to investigate their own responses to complaints at a Mesa assisted living facility where a resident was killed by her roommate.
Oct. 25, 2023


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