Aging

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The organization that represents nearly a million older adults has sent Gov. Doug Ducey another letter calling on his office to be more transparent about what’s happening inside Arizona’s long-term care facilities.
Jun. 16, 2020
Person with walker
Roughly three months have passed since Arizona families were restricted from visiting loved ones in long-term care facilities due to the coronavirus. But it’s not just families who are not allowed into these places — the people who are supposed to investigate and resolve complaints also have been barred.
Jun. 16, 2020
caregiver
Nationwide, more than 34,000 nursing home staffers were infected with the coronavirus and nearly 450 died, according to newly released data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. And like a lot of Americans, caregivers have some of the same concerns — like worrying about whether they can afford to get sick.
Jun. 8, 2020
Caregiver and patient
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have released the names of nursing homes that provided information about their coronavirus status. It turns out, some facilities reported zero cases, while others had dozens.
Jun. 4, 2020
Person with walker
Nearly 1,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona. Many of those deaths occurred in long-term care facilities. While some families might soon learn the names of facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases, many more will not.
Jun. 4, 2020
older couple
On Friday, a judge ruled that state health officials do not have to publicly reveal the number of coronavirus cases and deaths among residents living in long-term care facilities. But the fight for transparency is not over.
Jun. 1, 2020
Robert Booker
For some LGBTQ elders who are HIV positive, what’s happening now with the coronavirus is a little like déjà vu. In the early 1980s, it was the AIDS epidemic that regularly led the evening news. Today it's the coronavirus. So, is history repeating itself?
Exploring The Many Hurdles Facing LGBTQ Elders As They Age
May. 18, 2020
caregiver
Last week, the head of the Arizona Department of Health Services announced that residents and staff at some long-term care facilities would be tested for the coronavirus. That testing started Friday.
May. 15, 2020
caregiver
For the many Arizonans who have a loved one in a long-term care facility, the stress of not being able to see that person continues to mount. Facilities are restricting visitors due to the coronavirus outbreak.
May. 11, 2020
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In a statement, Desert Cove Nursing Center in Chandler confirmed that more than 50 of its residents and staff have COVID-19. Four residents have already died from the disease and seven are in the hospital.
May. 3, 2020
Dr. Cara Christ
Arizona will not release the names of nursing homes that have residents with confirmed COVID-19 infections. The head of the Arizona Department of Health Services cited state law as the reason why.
May. 1, 2020
Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix
So many Arizonans are caring for others right now — both professionally and personally. KJZZ talked to some of them about how they're coping and navigating this strange new world during the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr. 27, 2020
Cynthia Salk
Since mid-March, the Phoenix-based Area Agency on Aging has received a record number of calls to its Senior HELP LINE. Who’s answering these calls? And what’s happening on the other end of the line?
Apr. 21, 2020
Fountain Hills is probably best known for its iconic fountain. But after Gov. Ducey ordered Arizonans to stay home due to the coronavirus, residents are finding creative ways to reach out to their most vulnerable neighbors.
Apr. 20, 2020
people holding hands
Maricopa County’s director for disease control says it’s working with long-term care facilities to inform residents and their families when there’s a confirmed case of COVID 19. But for some, it could end up being a guessing game.
Apr. 16, 2020
Dr. Cara Christ
As of Sunday, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health had reported 169 cases of coronavirus in 30 long-term care facilities. The names of those facilities have not been disclosed. Now one aging advocacy group is trying to change that.
Apr. 14, 2020
caregiver
Women make up the majority of direct care workers. Direct care workers help older adults and people with disabilities bathe, eat and dress themselves. The work can be difficult, the pay is at or near minimum wage, yet they’re essential to keeping our older adults safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Apr. 13, 2020
Senior hands
Life for many caregivers and those living with dementia is already very isolating. Often, friends and family drift away. But caregiving during the coronavirus pandemic can add an extra layer of stress to an already stressful situation.
Mar. 28, 2020
Woman and caregiver holding hands
Many older adults are struggling to get food during the coronavirus pandemic. They are also at an increase risk of being scammed.
Mar. 26, 2020
Sherry Griffin and her granddaughter, Morgan
Nearly 60,000 Arizona children are being raised by their grandparents. But with the coronavirus pandemic and calls for older adults to stay away from public spaces and practice social distancing, how are Arizona's “grandfamilies” coping with what feels like an impossible situation at times?
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Mar. 24, 2020

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