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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - TN: Senior

Social isolation can worsen cognitive ability and lead to premature death in older adults. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Advocates are asking Gov. Bill Lee to supply Tennessee's long-term care facilities with rapid coronavirus testing, with the goal of being able to reunite residents with their families faster. Since early spring, long-term care facilities across the state have closed their door

More than 430,000 Tennesseeans are family caregivers for someone with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. But are they prepared for dealing with their loved one during the pandemic? (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- People with Alzheimer's and their caregivers face a unique set of challenges during the coronavirus pandemic. In Tennessee, more than 120,000 people age 65 or older are affected by Alzheimer's. While dementia itself doesn't increase risk for COVID-19 illness, experts say associ

Tax-season scammers pretending to be affiliated with government agencies are on the rise, according to the Federal Trade Commission. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- From now through April 15, Tennessee residents who need help getting their income taxes done can turn to the AARP Foundation's free Tax-Aide program at more than 60 community sites statewide. While anyone can use the free tax-preparation service, Tax-Aide coordinator Emily Paul

Symptoms of Alzheimer's often first appear after age 60, and the risk of developing the disease increases with age. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier this year, the Tennessee General Assembly unanimously passed legislation creating the first Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Advisory Council, and the council now wants input from residents to help identify what resources are needed most. Rachel Blackhurst, direct

Around 10% of children in the United States live in homes where the householders are grandparents or other relatives, according to U.S. American Community Survey data. (Adobe Stock)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — November is National Family Caregivers Month. And across Tennessee, thousands of grandparents are raising young children - a task many didn't imagine they'd be undertaking at a later stage in life. But high rates of opioid addiction and overdose deaths have left a generation

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. According to the National Archives, 58,148 American soldiers were killed and more than 300,000 wounded in the Vietnam War. (Adobe Stock)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Vietnam veterans will receive a proper "welcome home" this Thursday, in a special ceremony at Fort Campbell Army base. Organizers say the event aims to celebrate and thank service members, many of whom were scorned when they first came home from the war decades ago. Memp

The Works Inc in Memphis organizes neighborhood bike rides and is a recipient of this year's AARP Community Challenge grant. (The Works Inc.)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennesseans in Nashville, Clarksville, Memphis and McMinn County will receive funding from AARP to improve the quality of life in their communities, with a special focus on residents age 50 and older. Habitat For Humanity in McMinn County received a Community Challenge grant to w

In Tennessee, 60% of people 45 and older currently are providing unpaid care for a loved one, according to Tennessee AARP. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new state regulation goes into effect Thursday that aims to help Tennessee's hospitals integrate family caregivers into their loved ones' medical records. According to AARP, 60% of Tennesseans 45 and older currently provide unpaid care for a loved one. The Caregiver Ad

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