Sponsored by
seniors

seniorsRSS

Guest opinion

'New NAFTA' does nothing to lower prescription drug costs for seniors

The high cost of prescription drugs is a huge issue for all Arizonans, and especially for retirees. But if Congress approves the newly negotiated NAFTA in its current form (the USMCA), the problem could be made even worse.... Read more»

 1 2 >

Lethal plans: When seniors turn to suicide in long-term care

A six-month investigation by KHN and PBS NewsHour finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes.... Read more»

AARP, critic of scams aimed at seniors, draws flak for own membership marketing

In its newsletters and magazines, in congressional testimony and on its website, AARP warns seniors about deceptive direct mail and other dubious marketing come-ons as part of its mission to protect members from financial abuses. But the huge advocacy group’s own aggressive efforts to coax seniors to join or renew their memberships also have drawn a burst of criticism.... Read more»

Ballot harvesting law could impact Latinos and seniors

The new Arizona law that criminalizes the collection of voters’ early ballots by volunteers doesn’t take effect until November’s election, but voter outreach groups are already planning for the change they fear will affect voting by Latinos and the elderly. ... Read more»1

Arizona's demographic hourglass is here and now

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” If you’re old enough to remember that voiceover for the TV soap opera, “Days of Our Lives,” see if you can recognize yourself in a similar metaphor for Arizona’s future: our state’s demographics are an hourglass. ... Read more»

Phoenix man’s nightmare inspires Bloodhound app to locate missing people

William Scot Grey spent nearly 36 hours in panic nearly a year ago. His father, Ray, had not returned home from walking his dog. Minutes turned into hours, which turned into more than a day. Doctors had diagnosed Ray Grey with dementia, and his son predicted the wandering episode would likely occur again. The experience led him to develop a new app: Bloodhound.... Read more»

Arizona workers may be coming up short on retirement savings

Fewer than 40 percent of private-sector workers in Arizona participate in a retirement plan through their work, and they have an average retirement savings balance of just $23,826. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Bernie Sanders' 'shocking' senior statistic

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has repeatedly claimed that 1 in 5 seniors “live on an average income of $7,600 a year.” The reality is not quite so shocking.... Read more»2

Fantastic Voyage: Tiny sensors may monitor seniors' meds from inside

Forget armband monitors like Fitbit, the newest body monitors are as tiny as BBs. These so-called nanomeds, miniscule sensors embedded in a placebo pill that you swallow, set up shop in your gut. As they slowly work their way through your system, these “ingestibles” – which are actually not digested – are switched on by contact with saliva and/or gastric juices. The signal is picked up by another sensor which looks like a Band-Aid and is worn on your chest.... Read more»

Seniors face health care gaps, despite Medicare

Americans older than 65 are more likely to have chronic illnesses and to say they struggle to afford health care – despite qualifying for the federal Medicare program – than are seniors in other industrialized countries, according to a study by the Commonwealth Fund.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Goddard: Dark money tries to deceive seniors

The 60 Plus Association describes itself as a "non-partisan seniors advocacy group," but like anything involving dark money, what they say is far from true. 60 Plus is a major player in the fight for Social Security privatization. That proposal was the brainchild of hedge fund managers who would profit from privatization and who write big checks to political organizations, not seniors who rely on Social Security.... Read more»

Program uses music to aid memory in Alzheimer’s, dementia patients

Music & Memory is a national program that uses second-hand iPods to bring music into the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. Four Valley facilities participate in the program. ... Read more»

Aging Arizona population brings new challenges

Arizona’s population is growing older, bringing new opportunities – and new challenges – to the state in coming years, advocates say. Those age 55 and older made up about 1.8 million people in Arizona in 2013, an increase of nearly 11 percent from 2010.... Read more»

Laws mandate new alert systems for missing seniors, attacks on cops

In addition to alerts broadcast when missing children are considered in peril, new laws call for alerts when law officers are attacked and when those 65 or older disappear under suspicious circumstances. Lawmakers say the alerts will help when time is of the essence. ... Read more»

Analysis

Az pension systems recovering, still best value for taxpayers

Glaring headlines about Arizona's public worker retirement system suggest that your typical retired teacher, firefighter or police officer is sipping margaritas on a beach somewhere enjoying a six-figure pension. Meanwhile the state's pension funds are running out of money, leaving you, the taxpayer, stuck with the bill. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

The next 'wave' of concern will be gray, not brown

Just a few years ago, of course, our state gained international fame for its highly vocal stance – if a bit late and somewhat unconstitutional – against the wave of immigrants who were said to threaten our prosperity, burden our public budgets and fundamentally change our way of life. Turns out we might have been worrying about the wrong wave.... Read more»4

 1 2 >