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PNS Daily Newscast - October 21, 2020 


A new report sizes up swing states like Michigan; voters with disabilities face new obstacles in Election 2020.


2020Talks - October 21, 2020 


Democrats weigh boycotting the committee vote on Trump's Supreme Court nominee; and concerns over mail slowdowns in 10 battleground states.

Public News Service - IA: Senior

According to the most recent data, nearly 65,000 Iowans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. (Adobe Stock)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- A spike in Alzheimer's-related deaths is being viewed as another ripple effect of the pandemic, and the troubling information resonates in states like Iowa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's chief of mortality statistics said deaths attributed to Alzheimer's and

Iowa seniors say the Senate Republicans' coronavirus relief package needs to do more to address safety of nursing home residents and staff. (Adobe stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The latest novel coronavirus relief package - also known as the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act - announced this week by Senate Republicans, addresses some important issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Iowa seniors think Congress

State officials say nearly 80% of the votes cast in Iowa's June 2 primary came through absentee ballots. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill in the Iowa Legislature would restrict the state from mailing out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters, like it did during the recent primary. The measure is drawing fierce backlash as the state looks ahead to the November election. In response to COVID-1

The Iowa Health Department says more than 10% of the state's novel coronavirus cases are nursing-home residents or staff members who work in the facilities. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Nearly nearly half of Iowa's COVID-19 deaths have been nursing-home residents, state health officials say. That's prompted more safety measures at these facilities, and a watchdog group says all states need to do more testing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Pre

One pandemic-related scam that's come to Iowa is the robocall to offer air duct replacement to help keep coronavirus out of your home. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The health implications of the global coronavirus pandemic are stressful enough for Iowans, and people looking to prey on those fears are making it tougher. State authorities and AARP Iowa both are warning about new scams, including some targeting seniors. According to AARP I

In addition to restricting visitors, the CDC advises long-term care facilities to limit group activities amid the spread of coronavirus. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - As health officials work to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, they're asking that families avoid making any non-essential visits to loved ones being cared for in nursing homes. In conjunction with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Iowa Hea

AAA says older drivers often try to avoid driving at night or during rush hours. But experts say new technology is available in many vehicles to help keep them safe and mobile. (NSC.org)<br />

DES MOINES, Iowa -- As the new year takes shape, automakers continue work on getting self-driving cars to the masses. Industry experts say seniors especially could benefit from these vehicles -- but a lot of technology can be used now. Terry Murrin, who directs driver-safety programs for AARP Iowa,

Coming up on Feb. 3, the first presidential caucuses in Iowa will reveal the preferences of voters in the heartland and are seen as a strong indicator for how candidates will do in later contests. (npr.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Presidential campaigns have been made or lost in Iowa, and because exit polls show voters age 50 and older play a significant role, an outreach campaign is under way to inform them about what to expect on Feb. 3. Brad Anderson, director of AARP Iowa, said events will be held acro

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