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Much of the cost of dementia care in aging Native American adults is due to hospitalization

The total treatment costs for American Indian and Alaska Native older adults with dementia are US$2,943 higher than for those without dementia because of higher hospitalization costs, the first assessment of the treatment costs among Native American adults with dementia.... Read more»

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Fading inside: One family’s battle with Alzheimer’s amid the pandemic

The burdens of Alzheimer's are immense in ordinary times, for patients and the relatives who care for them - the COVID-19 pandemic brought far more challenges: higher risk of illness for those living in care facilities, limited social interaction and new routines and regulations.... Read more»

FactCheck: An ad’s charge that price haggling would 'swipe $500 billion from Medicare' is incorrect

The 60 Plus Association ran an ad that claimed Medicare drug price negotiations were “swiping” $500 billion from Medicare and going to be used to “cut benefits and no longer pay for lifesaving medicines" - while the $500 billion number is based on facts, everything else is misleading.... Read more»

A chilling cure: Facing killer heat, emergency rooms use body bags to save lives

As a deadly heat wave scorched the Pacific Northwest last month, overwhelming hospital emergency rooms in a region unaccustomed to triple-digit temperatures, doctors resorted to a grim but practical tool to save lives: human body bags filled with ice and water.... Read more»

Ducey lauds start of vaccinations, warns of long road ahead with no new restrictions

After touring a site where a group of health care workers will become some of the first people in Arizona to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, Gov. Doug Ducey celebrated the "miracle of modern medicine" that is expected to tame the pandemic, while cautioning the public that the crisis is far from over.... Read more»

No cold elders: Volunteers provide firewood for Navajo families ahead of winter

As winter approaches, volunteers with Chizh for Cheii are preparing to deliver firewood to elders on the Navajo Nation reservation, where nearly 90% of homes rely on wood for heat.... Read more»

First COVID-19 vaccines, vaccinations expected in Arizona by Dec. 15

Arizona health officials said they expect to get the first of more than 380,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 15 and will begin vaccinating health care workers and first responders shortly thereafter.... Read more»

CDC panel: Health care workers, nursing home residents should get COVID vaccine first

Health care workers and residents of nursing homes would be the first people in the U.S. to receive COVID-19 vaccines under recommendations approved Tuesday by a federal advisory committee.... Read more»

Five important questions about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Many news reports described the vaccine as if it were our deliverance from the pandemic, even though few details were released. Here's what we know.... Read more»

Analysis

Social isolation raises dementia risk in older adults

Loneliness has been found to increase the risk of developing dementia by as much as 20%. In fact, loneliness has an influence similar to other more well-established dementia risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, physical inactivity and hearing loss. ... Read more»

Analysis

100,000 lives lost to COVID-19. What did they teach us?

Each person who died of coronavirus was somebody’s everything. Even as we mourn for those we knew, cry for those we loved and consider those who have died uncounted, the full tragedy of the pandemic hinges on one question: How do we stop the next 100,000?... Read more»

Analysis

Amid COVID-19 pandemic, familes wonder whether to pull elderly relatives from nursing homes

With the coronavirus moving through facilities that house older adults, families across the country are wondering “Should I bring Mom or Dad home?” Most retirement complexes and long-term care facilities are excluding visitors. Older adults are asked to stay in their rooms and are alone for most of the day.... Read more»

Analysis

This coronavirus is unlike anything in our lifetime, and we have to stop comparing It to the flu

Longtime health reporter Charles Ornstein says that comparing the novel coronavirus to the flu is dangerously inaccurate. Not one public health expert he trusts has called that comparison valid. Here’s why.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Planning for heat emergencies

What happens in Tucson during a heat emergency? Temperatures soar, our electrical grid breaks down due to both weather conditions and the fact that everyone has got their air conditioners on full blast and boom…the power goes out, and goes out for a while.... Read more»

Sudden closure of assisted-living homes sends residents packing

Thirteen residents of two Sahuarita assisted-living homes found themselves abruptly moved to new facilities Thursday and Friday, but exactly why remains unclear. The owner of the "Rancho Verde" facilities has been operating seven homes in Tucson and Sahuarita. The total number of residents affected is unknown.... Read more»1

Experts: Aging in isolation a ‘silent killer’ for millions

Mortality rates are higher among seniors who are aging in isolation, a “silent killer” that affects millions but goes mostly unnoticed. An estimated 8 million older adults are affected by isolation, putting them at more risk for depression, dementia and mortality, a group of experts, including the Pima Council on Aging's W. Mark Clark, told Congress.... Read more»

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