Across the country, thousands of hospitals are overwhelmed with critically ill patients, prompting many overburdened nurses to leave the field - and the shortages are particularly dire in rural areas, because of the aging workforce and population, smaller salaries and intense workload. Read more»
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In a state where unemployment remains high as much of the rest of the nation recovers from the Great Recession, Yuma stands out. The metropolitan area’s jobless rate of 29.4 percent in August was the nation’s second highest. Read more»
Of the four Arizona counties that already had more than one out of five residents age 65 or older in 2009, all are in rural areas. As this shift occurs, experts and advocates warn that rural areas will lack the doctors, care homes, transportation and other services needed by an older population. Read more»