Aging

Senior hands
Hundreds of homebound older adults in Arizona rely on volunteers to help them with things like grocery shopping or going to a doctor’s appointment. But with the coronavirus pandemic, some volunteers are struggling to support these individuals.
Mar. 23, 2020
Shoppers line up before 5 a.m. at the Sun Lakes Bashas' store
As many Arizonans prepare to hunker down amid the coronavirus pandemic, they’re hitting grocery stores and clearing out inventory. But one grocery store is trying to help senior citizens get what they need during this time.
Mar. 18, 2020
Christopher Tiffany and Lindsay Ashworth
The Show sat down with Lindsay Ashworth of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, Christopher Tiffany with the social services group Raising Special Kids and KJZZ’s Kathy Ritchie.
Jan. 6, 2020
Simur Khurana
Is it possible to teach empathy? That’s what one Arizona doctor is trying to do using virtual reality. The experience aims to help younger people understand what it’s like to have dementia — and encourage them to pursue careers in the aging and dementia fields.
Talking To Dementia Patients About When To Give Up Driving
Dec. 3, 2019
caregiver
As we near the end of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we thought we’d introduce you to two caregivers who are navigating the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease.
Nov. 27, 2019
"The Recovering Caregiver" is a four-episode podcast about life after dementia. This podcast is geared toward caregivers who have entered the final phase of caregiving: life without their loved one. This podcast was inspired by Kathy Ritchie's own journey.
Nov. 17, 2019
Dana Kennedy of AARP of Arizona
The number of older Arizonans who are becoming homeless for the first time is on the rise. And once a person becomes homeless, it can take up to two years to get into affordable housing.
Oct. 16, 2019
Arizona Capitol building
On Tuesday, members of the Arizona Legislature, as well as disability and aging advocates and heads of some state agencies, held a study committee to look at the issue of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults with disabilities and seniors.
Aug. 22, 2019
Sandy Mercer
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can take a toll on both caregivers and the person living with the disease. As it advances, those living with the disease can develop behaviors like anxiety, restlessness and even aggression. Antipsychotics are often prescribed, but there are side-effects. Some providers and caregivers are looking at medical cannabis as an alternative.
Aug. 16, 2019
Person with walker
The number of abuse cases in nursing homes has more than doubled in the U.S. That’s according to the Government Accountability Office, which looked at data from the federal agency responsible for making sure nursing homes are safe and free from abuse.
Jul. 31, 2019
brain scans of Alzheimer's patients
Alzheimer’s is one of the costliest diseases, not just to the individual or family that’s living it, but to society as a whole. A new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease this week found that we could be grossly underestimating the true cost of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Jul. 30, 2019
Senior hands
A new study has found that older adults who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities are at risk for fatal injuries, often at the hands of other residents.
Jul. 24, 2019
illustration of a woman holding her face
One in 10 older adults will be a victim of elder abuse. This five-part series explores the different types of elder abuse — including resident-on-resident aggression, financial abuse, sexual abuse, scams and the intersection between victims of elder abuse and those with disabilities.
Jun. 24, 2019
Woman's hands
The names of hundreds of nursing homes across the country with poor performance records have been made public.The list contains program participants and candidates, including some from Arizona.
Jun. 5, 2019
Sylvia Land and her daughter, Pam Bates
There are a lot of stereotypes when it comes to older adults, but the one that probably gets the most play is the one about technology. Despite that, many Arizona seniors are learning to become more tech-savvy.
Survey Finds U.S. Grandparents Shatter Financial, Cultural Stereotypes
May. 16, 2019
first responders help a patient
A year ago, Hospice of the Valley invited a group of 15 people to participate in a fellowship program in which they came up with ideas that could improve care for people living with dementia. When a Phoenix Fire Department captain was selected to participate in the fellowship, his goal was pretty straight forward: educate Phoenix firefighter paramedics about dementia.
Phoenix First Responders Learning To Work With 2 Unique Populations
May. 13, 2019
job search paper with glasses
What’s being done to create more reasonably paid jobs for older Arizonans? One KJZZ listener asked and as part of our Q&AZ reporting series. Alex Juarez, with AARP Arizona, says age discrimination is an issue facing many older adults — which is why AARP created an Employer Pledge Program.
May. 1, 2019
Several beds line the walls and floor at Central Arizona Shelter Services
More and more women are growing old poor. That’s according to a report by the national advocacy group Justice in Aging. In Phoenix, the reasons why this is happening mirror what’s going on nationally.
Special Report: Homeless In Plain Sight
Apr. 17, 2019
Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
When we think about family caregivers, we often think about people who are actively providing care. But what is life like for those caregivers when their loved one passes away or is placed in a memory care facility?
Learning About 'Ambiguous Loss' Helps Some Caregivers Cope With Grief
Mar. 22, 2019
Frances “Fran” Cohen
AARP calls them “age disruptors.” People over the age 50 who are finding ways to reinvent themselves. For some, that reason is financial. For others, it’s purpose. Meet some of Arizona’s very own age disruptors.
Mar. 4, 2019

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