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Long-term care ombudsmen serve as advocates for people living in Arizona nursing homes who may not have family or friends to be their voice. But where were they during the pandemic, when nursing homes were locked down? It’s a question one organization set out to answer.
Apr. 12, 2021
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Through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, several listeners have asked how homebound seniors can get the coronavirus vaccine. In Arizona, efforts are underway to make that happen.
Apr. 9, 2021
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Pharmacy chains like Walgreens and CVS have been vaccinating long-term care residents and staff since December. Now, that program is coming to an end.
Apr. 8, 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has exposed many deep societal fissures. A big one is the caregiving burden. We saw this with working mothers who left the labor force to care for their children. The same challenges face adult daughters who are caring for aging parents.
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Apr. 5, 2021
Mesa Public Schools vaccine event
Older adults who want to age in their own home sometimes require additional support — they may need meals delivered or a ride to a doctor’s appointment. The coronavirus pandemic imposed many more hurdles on this population, especially when it came to vaccine access.
Apr. 5, 2021
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Clinical trials are an important step in finding treatments for certain diseases, like Alzheimer’s disease which has no cure. But because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are concerns that participation in these trials has been lagging.
Apr. 5, 2021
Cars wait in line at a COVID-19 testing site in El Mirage
A new website aims to be a one-stop shop for the transportation needs of older adults across the state. The website is especially important now when some seniors need a ride to get a coronavirus vaccine.
Apr. 2, 2021
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The number of older people slipping into poverty is on the rise. And for many, it’s a new experience.
Mar. 29, 2021
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Loneliness and isolation are still issues affecting older adults. Despite progress being made with the vaccine rollout in Arizona, life is not going back to normal for seniors just yet. Now one organization is trying to eliminate loneliness and isolation using technology.
Mar. 29, 2021
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One of the leading organizations known for investigating human rights abuses around the globe issued a new report this week about nursing home neglect in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar. 29, 2021
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Roughly three months ago, things were not looking good at most long-term care facilities. Cases were soaring, people were dying and the vaccine rollout was just getting started. Since then, a lot has changed.
Mar. 26, 2021
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More than a third of all deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. have been in nursing homes, and new research from Northern Arizona University shows nursing homes that serve higher proportions of racial and ethnic minority residents have been hit especially hard.
Mar. 16, 2021
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More evidence is emerging that COVID-19 can have a negative impact on brain health. A new report from the AARP Global Council on Brain Health looks at the ways the virus can attack gray matter.
Mar. 12, 2021
Doug Ducey
A year after Gov. Ducey issued a state of emergency, he hosted a tele-town hall with more than 25,000 members of the public on the line. Many of the callers were older and had questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.
Mar. 12, 2021
Nursing home outdoor visit
Just a few days before the one-year mark of nursing homes closing their doors to visitors, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid revised its guidelines to allow for less-restrictive visits. But the guidance does not include the state’s more than 2,000 assisted-living facilities.
Mar. 12, 2021
Nearly a year after nursing homes were shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid updated its guidance on indoor visits.
Mar. 11, 2021
Nancy Barto
The Arizona Senate tentatively approved Republican Sen. Nancy Barto’s bill that would make sure elderly and vulnerable patients don't get passed up for care because of age and medical condition. But Democratic Sen. Tony Navarrete says this bill is potentially problematic if there were to be another public health crisis.
Mar. 9, 2021
Mark Kelly addresses volunteers at a get out the vote event.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly is getting a crash course on what it means to grow old in a pandemic — which is why he and two other senators introduced a bill that would allocate roughly $1.5 billion to help fund aging services across the country.
Mar. 5, 2021
The Alzheimer's Association released its annual Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, but this year's report is very different from previous years because it looked at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
Mar. 3, 2021
The Arizona Capitol building
Several bills that would help the disability community are moving through the Arizona Legislature. And some of these bills have bipartisan support.
Feb. 24, 2021


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