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The pandemic has been especially vicious to older adults. Nearly 80% of deaths have been among people age 65 and up.

The United States on Tuesday hit a milestone that some thought was unattainable: 90% of people 65 and older are at least partly vaccinated against coronavirus, as political leanings that have skewed vaccination rates across the country have had less of an impact on older adults. Read more»

Alicia Wagner Calzada and children Stevie and Adan, say goodbye to grandmother Herlinda Calzada, who is in a nursing home in El Paso, Texas, separated by glass due to COVID-19 restrictions, on April 27, 2021.

As the Delta variant brings a new spike in coronavirus numbers across the nation, only 59% of staff at the nation’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are fully or partially vaccinated - with eight states reporting an average rate of less than half. Read more»

A Navajo Police Department checkpoint near Chilchinbeto, Ariz., in the middle of March.

The Navajo Nation’s 57-hour weekend curfew to combat the spread of COVID-19 on the sprawling reservation “went very well,” Police Chief Phillip Francisco said Tuesday. Read more»

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»

Dana Riddel, 71, said she enjoys giving back by coordinating volunteers at Arizona Women’s Education and Employment, a career building nonprofit. She talks outside the organization’s donation center in downtown Phoenix. Career clothes are offered to women and men in need.

Older women are increasingly staying in the workforce, with a 35 percent increase in the number of Arizona women ages 65 and older working past retirement age, according to the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more»

A national scorecard on retirement preparedness scored states on how workers were saving, what costs they faced in retirement and what job prospects they had. Arizona scored a 4 out of 10 overall.

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»

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»

Using a more accurate cost-of-living adjustment for federal benefit payments and tax brackets would cut the federal deficit by perhaps $300 billion over the next 10 years. But it faces opposition from both right and left. Read more»

The future of elections rest with how you spend your paycheck. This election season marks a tipping point for American politics. We are at the moment when money is poised to replace voting as the way that elections are decided. Read more»

A study by researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Md., has found that coffee drinkers live longer than people who avoid coffee. Read more» 1

Most Arizona seniors rely heavily on Social Security for their income, an AARP report found. Read more» 1

Aging baby boomers drove Arizona’s median age up by 1.7 years over the last decade, to 35.9 years old in 2010, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Read more»

Opponents of the new health care overhaul law are threatening to repeal, defund and kill it in court, but that isn't stopping Washington from implementing a number of important provisions in 2011. Read more» 3

The AARP says that manufacturer prices for brand-name prescription drugs commonly used by people on Medicare rose 9.7% for the year ending in March. Read more»