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


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

Public News Service - MN: Senior

Minnesota health officials say in early May, an average of 23 long-term care facilities were reporting a new coronavirus per day. That average has now fallen to six per day. (Adobe Stock)

DULUTH, Minn. -- Minnesota officials say COVID-19 case numbers for the state's long-term care facilities are trending downward. And senior advocates worry about the mental well-being of patients after months of increased isolation. At one point in the spring, nursing homes accounted for roughly 80

Minnesota health officials say more than 20 long-term care facilities across the state have more than 20 COVID-19 cases each. But a lot more have just one case so far. (Adobe Stock)

ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- Residents of long-term care facilities in Minnesota make up nearly 80% of the state's COVID-19 fatalities. Staff members are stepping up their fight against the pandemic, but still need key resources. Outbreaks at some Minnesota nursing homes have caught the public's attention,

Groups such as AARP hope Minnesota seniors can access help if their normal support structure is affected by the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Senior citizens across Minnesota might find it harder to get access to supplies or crucial information during the pandemic, but a leading nonprofit is rolling out several initiatives to make sure they're not isolated from help. Public-health officials have urged residents to sta

Census officials say workers will be knocking on doors this spring and summer. (Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- This spring, census workers will be knocking on doors as the 2020 nationwide count rolls out. But many of these jobs still need to be filled, and seniors are being encouraged to help with the gap. The U.S. Census Bureau says it hopes to hire 500,000 people to ensure a complete

Since 2017, AARP has awarded 376 grants through its Community Challenge Grant program to nonprofit organizations and government entities in all 50 states and territories. (Adobe Stock)

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- Making communities more livable for people of all ages is the goal of a grant program that's looking for Minnesota towns to submit their ideas. Nonprofit groups and government agencies can apply for the livability grants from AARP. The AARP Community Challenge grant progra

A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation says most older adults find prescription drug costs unreasonable. (Ladyheart/Morguefile)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The rising cost of prescription drugs continues to grab the attention of lawmakers and advocacy groups. AARP Minnesota says some of its members are being forced to choose between buying life-saving drugs or buying food, and they hope an upcoming forum will produce solutions

Loneliness can be as bad for a person's health as obesity and smoking, according to AARP, and it's a real concern for many adults ages 50 to 80. (deagreez/Adobe Stock)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Recent studies and surveys indicate that more older adults are struggling with loneliness and isolation. And as winter sets in, those feelings can become more pronounced. According to an AARP survey this year, one in three older adults say they "lack regular companionship,"

It's been called a

ST. PAUL, Minn. — More than 3 million older adults are treated for falls in emergency rooms each year, with 1 in 5 of them suffering serious injuries such as broken bones or head trauma. To raise awareness, today is the 12th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Kathleen Cameron, senior dir

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