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PNS Daily Newscast - October 16, 2018 


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Public News Service - AZ: Senior Issues

Health care, Social Security and Medicare were all called

PHOENIX – Older voters in Arizona may determine the outcome of the November midterm election, and a new poll from AARP and Politico gives some insight into what concerns Arizonans over age 50 the most. The poll shows more than 70 percent of Arizona voters over 50 want the federal government

Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's about every 65 seconds, according to the Alzheimer's Association. (Jasmin Awad/Twenty20)

PHOENIX – AARP is investing $60 million in dementia and Alzheimer's disease research. Millions of Americans suffer from some form of dementia, and as the Baby Boomer generation ages, the number of cases nationwide is expected to grow. The investment is being made to honor AARP's 60th anniver

An AARP report says unpaid family caregivers provide the equivalent of more than $9 billion a year for the loved ones in their care. (Jasmin Awad/Twenty20)

PHOENIX – More than 800,000 Arizonans and 40 million people across the country serve as unpaid caregivers for sick or aging loved ones, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But who cares for the caregivers? A Phoenix nonprofit is trying to address that. An unpaid caregiver might be an

Phoenix Police report the city has seen 40 pedestrian deaths so far in 2018, on track to surpass the 56 pedestrian deaths recorded in all of 2017. (Casey Fiesler/Flickr)

PHOENIX - Arizona has a long reputation as a popular state for retirement, and as the Baby Boomer generation ages and people live longer, the state is likely to see more residents who don't drive. Their advocates say it's important that the state do more to consider the safety of older pedestrians.

The FBI says seniors are attractive targets to scammers because they are more likely to have money saved, own a home, and have good credit. (Chris Potter/Flickr)

PHOENIX – Today is the final day to file your federal income tax return for 2017. And tax season opens a lot of opportunities for identity theft crimes, especially among older adults. People over 50, who often have money saved and good credit history, are common targets for fraud, says Alex Ju

A bill to give family caregivers a tax credit has passed the two committees in the state House of Representatives, but has yet to get a floor vote. (AARP)

PHOENIX – More than 800,000 Arizonans are caregivers for an older relative, and senior groups are pushing state legislators for passage of a bill to give them a tax credit. House Bill 2087 would give people who spend at least $2,000 on aids such as adding a ramp to the home – a credit o

A new poll shows 79 percent of caregivers would appreciate someone to talk to during the holidays and 73 percent would like help with holiday tasks. (AARP)

PHOENIX – A new poll shows almost 70 percent of people caring for a loved one deal with emotional stress over the holidays, and experts at AARP have a few tips to improve the situation. The poll shows that 85 percent of caregivers had to scale back their plans, such as only going to some of

Frank Abagnale has spent decades fighting fraud and identity theft. He says the key to avoiding scams is to stop, take a moment and verify the source. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – A famous former con man came to Phoenix last night, to give some free advice on how to avoid becoming the victim of fraud or identity theft. Frank Abagnale - who was played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie "Catch Me If You Can" - spoke at an event sponsored by the AARP Fraud Watch

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