Aging

Hacienda HealthCare facility
Individuals with intellectual and development disabilities are seven times likely to be victims of sexual assault according to an NPR report and the Department of Justice… but what happens to those caregivers who commit abuse?
Jan. 24, 2019
collage of lgbt elders
Nearly nine in 10 Americans say they know someone who’s gay, but for the 1 to 3 million LGBT elders in the U.S., growing old gay could mean going back into the closet. In this three-part series, KJZZ's Kathy Ritchie examines the many hurdles — including stigma, social isolation and financial challenges — facing LGBT elders.
Part 1: Long-Term Care | Part 2: Aging With HIV | Part 3: Trans Elders
Nov. 7, 2018
Alzheimer's disease patients
Nearly a year after the movie "Coco" was released, some aging and dementia organizations are still talking about the film, because it hit on a topic that some Latino families don’t want to talk about: dementia.
Nov. 5, 2018
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A new study by AARP found that dementia drugs are often given to patients for 13 months or longer — even though there’s little evidence the drugs are effective after a year.
Aug. 27, 2018
centers for disease control cdc
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1 in 9 adults, age 45 and older experienced confusion or memory loss — and is one of the earliest noticeable symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Jul. 20, 2018
dental tools on a tray
In 2014, 1.4 million Americans lived in a long-term care facility, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Long-term care is a growing business, and families who rely on that care, often assume that every need is being met, and most of the time, it is. However, there are a few cracks in the system.
Jul. 13, 2018
elderly woman with geriatric doctor
There’s a shortage of geriatric health professionals nationwide, catching the attention of lawmakers.
May. 25, 2018
Fallen senior
The CDC reports that death from older adult falls is on the rise — from about 18,000 in 2007 to almost 30,000 in 2016. Fall deaths in Arizona are also up. "In 2007 Arizona had 637 fall deaths and that rose to 983 in 2016," said Elizabeth Burns, a health scientist with the CDC.
May. 14, 2018
Bottle of prescription medication
Last month, AARP released a study about the use of antipsychotic drugs in older adults with dementia. It found these drugs are increasingly being used outside nursing homes, despite the increased risk of death.
May. 10, 2018
AARP report
More than 60 percent of LGBT adults age 45 and older say they’re worried that a long term care facility might refuse or provide limited care, according to a new AARP survey.
Apr. 5, 2018
Cindy Saverino
How old is old? At age 50, you might start getting flyers in the mail from AARP. At 55, you could move into one of those “active adult” communities, but you won’t qualify for benefits like Medicare until you’re 65. Age is a moving target.
Apr. 2, 2018
Caregiver and patient
Caregiving can cause a lot of financial strain. According to AARP, caregivers spend roughly $7,000 a year on their loved one’s care. If that person has dementia, the out-of-pocket costs can be even higher.
Feb. 22, 2018
Hundreds of volunteers throughout the Valley woke up early Tuesday to participate in the annual “Point in Time Homeless Street Count.”
Jan. 23, 2018
Justa Center in downtown Phoenix
Every year, more older adults are becoming homeless, according to HUD. It’s a nationwide problem. Justa Center in downtown Phoenix is one of the only adult day resource centers in the country. They’re busier than ever serving homeless seniors 55 and older.
Jan. 22, 2018
Older woman crying
Last month, a report titled “Dignity Denied: Religious Exemptions and LGBT Elder Services” found that increasing religious freedom laws could hurt LGBT elders.
Jan. 15, 2018
Allyson Yoder
Art is being used to help people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias decrease stress, even communicate. And around the Valley, organizations, including Scottsdale Arts, are creating programs to help improve quality of life.
Dec. 11, 2017
Dr. Pauline Boss
"Overall, closure is not your goal — but making some meaning out of it, that's your goal when you're a caregiver."
Nov. 1, 2017
Joanne Romano and Larry
For many caregivers of people with dementia, grieving a loved one while they’re still alive is not only traumatic, but confusing. But many caregivers are learning to understand this ambiguous loss is changing how caregivers look at life and loss.
Oct. 27, 2017
Senior housing is, and will continue to be a complex issue. There’s not enough inventory, it’s not always affordable, and land costs are rising. Needs and desires are changing - people aren’t only looking for the traditional retirement home anymore, and developers are creating alternative forms of housing.
Oct. 24, 2017
Where you live can determine how well you age, and some cities are more age friendly than others.
Oct. 23, 2017

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