brain scans
Banner Sun Health in Sun City is home to a brain and body donation program. Over the summer, the program received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to map the invasion of COVID-19 in the brain. Now, the preliminary results have been shared online.
Feb. 22, 2021
The vaccine site at Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Getting a coronavirus vaccine can be challenging, even for those who are eligible. Some either can’t book an appointment online or they can’t get to their appointment. This can be especially difficult for older adults, who might not have family to help them. Now one nonprofit is making sure anyone who needs a lift gets one.
Feb. 18, 2021
Sandy Mazzio
Dying in an age of COVID-19 has changed. Before, family and friends could gather around their loved one as they said their goodbyes. Now, it might be a stranger who sits at the bedside. Here's what it's like to hold the hand of someone in their final moments — and what we can hopefully learn.
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Feb. 17, 2021
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In less than a month, the country will reach yet another COVID-19 anniversary, the day the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid directed nursing homes to restrict visitors. Despite efforts to keep the virus out, long term care facilities were hit hard by the virus and many residents died. And many more are still at high risk.
Feb. 15, 2021
a person smelling a rose
We all know the symptoms of COVID-19: fever, aches, loss of taste and smell are ones we hear a lot about. And while most recover from COVID-19, could there be effects that don’t manifest until later in life?
Feb. 15, 2021
SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 coronavirus
A new study found that people with dementia are at significantly higher risk of contracting COVID-19. And it could mean they’re more likely to be hospitalized and die from the virus.
Feb. 15, 2021
A new study has found that adults who are gay, lesbian or bisexual are at greater risk than their heterosexual counterparts of contracting a more severe case of COVID-19. The study confirms what some LGBTQ advocates already knew.
Feb. 12, 2021
Arizona Capitol building
Last year a bill that would have funded a permanent shelter for people 55 and older was put on pause because of the coronavirus. The bill is back with plenty of bipartisan support, and it’s once again making its way through the Arizona Legislature.
Feb. 11, 2021
Phoenix City Council chambers
Some north Phoenix residents feel betrayed after a developer changed plans for an assisted living center and received the City Council’s unanimous approval.
Feb. 10, 2021
Some of the older adults that the Northern Arizona Council of Governments serves
Many older adults who live in more rural parts of Arizona are struggling to schedule an appointment for the coronavirus vaccine. Access to technology is a big part of it, and so is transportation. Many of these seniors are also homebound, and there are concerns they are being left behind in the vaccine rollout.
Feb. 8, 2021
A worker administers a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Sun Health’s chief operating officer says they didn’t want to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine, so instead they decided to offer staff $250 if they got the shot. So did it work?
Feb. 8, 2021
Person with walker
AARP Arizona wants state lawmakers to oppose a bill that would significantly shield long-term care facilities from civil suits related to COVID-19. Senate Bill 1377 would shield health care workers and institutions from liability for a COVID-related injury or death as long as they acted in "good faith," according to the bill.
Feb. 4, 2021
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Ability 360 is one of the Arizona's largest home care providers. Now it’s expanding its caregiver services to the West Valley because demand in places like Avondale, Tolleson and Buckeye is growing.
Feb. 2, 2021
minimum wage
President Biden wants to increase the federal minimum wage to $15. The hike is part of his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. In Arizona, the minimum wage is already $12.15 an hour. But raising the minimum wage could have lasting effects on the disability community.
Feb. 1, 2021
Diana Wise
More than 12,000 Arizonans have died from COVID-19. Many of those deaths took place in long-term care facilities, which means the person who was passing might have died alone. For surviving family members, that can lead to overwhelming feelings of guilt and regret.
Jan. 27, 2021
The Devastating Effect of Lockdowns on Residents of LongTerm Care Facilities During COVID-19
Nearly 11 months have passed since nursing homes closed their doors to visitors because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some states, including Arizona, have resumed family visits under certain circumstances. Now, a new report highlights what some family members discovered once they were allowed back in.
Jan. 22, 2021
Arizona Capitol building
Arizona lawmakers are back in session at the state Capitol. But some advocates worry that not enough is being done to give people with disabilities and older adults a chance to participate in upcoming legislative hearings that could impact them.
Jan. 21, 2021
Person with walker
Residents and staff at long term care facilities — who were included in the first group of those to get COVID-19 vaccines — are still in the process of getting their shots. And while progress is being made, there is still a long way to go before everyone in this high-risk group is protected.
Jan. 14, 2021
Some Arizona nursing home caregivers are still waiting to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but that’s only part of the story. KJZZ talked to one caregiver who got the shot. She has this account.
Jan. 11, 2021
person using a walker
Arizona's homebound seniors are people who really don’t leave their homes. They may go to a doctor’s appointment, but often rely on volunteers for a ride or food shopping. And they are just as vulnerable to COVID-19 as older adults in long-term care.
Jan. 11, 2021


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