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Social Security and You

Happy Birthday, SSI! – Social Security

I was playing one of my morning online word puzzles when up popped a little blurb from a senior citizen advocacy group announcing that the Supplemental Security Income program has recently turned 50 years old. I’m sure most people who see a reference to SSI would say something like “Supplemental Security what?” And that’s because

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Nearly 1 million COVID-19 deaths: A look at the US numbers

Photo: Nathan Lambrecht is photographed next to a picture of his father, Doug Lambrecht, at his apartment in Woodinville, Wash. Doug Lambrecht was among the first of the nearly 1 million Americans to die from COVID-19. His demographic profile — an older white male with chronic health problems — mirrors the faces of many who

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COVID-19 death toll in Arizona expected to top 20,000 this week

When Kristin Urquiza’s father, Mark, died of COVID-19 last summer – alone in ICU because of his infection, she said, “the most horrible way to die” – the Arizona death toll from the disease was about 2,500. A little more than a year later, the state is on pace to reach 20,000 COVID-19 deaths this

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New Yavapai College Club connects with isolated older adults via hand-written letters

Yavapai College Nursing Student and Phi Theta Kappa member Erin Markham found a safe, meaningful way to perform community service during the pandemic. The “message-in-a-bottle” service, as she calls it, has become a beloved pastime and she wants to share it with everyone. Erin recently launched the “Love For Our Elders Club” at YC so

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‘Too White’ To Get COVID Vaccine? Some Social Justice Activists Say Yes.

Are teachers “too white” to get early, priority access to the COVID-19 vaccine? In a New York Times article Friday, several medical professionals suggested that decisions over distributing the limited doses of COVID-19 vaccines are not based on the most efficient way to prevent deaths, but on consideration of social justice. For example, older Americans

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EXPLAINER: How much COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped in US

COVID-19 vaccines have begun shipping in the U.S. after getting emergency authorization, setting off the nation’s biggest ever vaccination push. But supplies are expected to be limited for some time. The first wave of shipments is going to health care workers and nursing home residents. Officials say vaccines should be available to everyone by the

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