For his entire life, 34-year-old Alanzo Blake has depended on others to take care of him. He was born with cerebral palsy and severe mental disabilities. When his family could no longer take care of Alanzo on their own, they turned to a group home in Tennessee for help. Unfortunately, what was intended to help their son quickly turned into a life-threatening situation.
Surprise, Arizona continues to see steady growth in the assisted living care industry. With an estimated 887,000 Arizona residents 65 or older and an assisted living capacity of about 29,000, it leaves the need for more care options for senior citizens. Currently, there are only about 32 beds for every 1,000 residents 65 or older. In an effort to meet the growing demand, Orchard Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Support opened November 7, with another assisted living facility called Park Wood Assisted Living opening in December.
Trusting the care of your elderly mother to a nursing home is not easy, but for some it's necessary. That was the case for Mary Davenport's son. At 86-years-old, Mary suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. She could no longer swallow, not even with assistance, which required drastic measures to keep Mary hydrated and fed. Mary required a feeding tube.
Imagine driving down the freeway in your car - something you do almost every day. It's not a task you really have to think about, it's just part of the routine. You've driven down this freeway hundreds - maybe even thousands of times. You've never put much thought into the serious dangers of it until one day when someone rear-ends you. That's what happened to 38-year-old Angela Watson. Angela was driving her minivan on an interstate highway when a woman, Crystal Walker, rear-ended her. Allegedly Walker was driving a rental car going at a speed of more than 100 mph. This moment changed Angela's life forever.
It was Saturday night when Hopi High School's football team was going 9-1 in a playoff game against a top-seeded team. It was looking like a complete shutdown when senior wide receiver Charles Youvella caught a pass in the third quarter and scored the team's only touchdown. Hopes were high after that, despite the 60-6 score against Arizona Lutheran Academy, until halfway through the fourth quarter. Youvella fell hard on his head and collapsed a couple plays after. It wasn't until Monday that Youvella's family, friends, teammates, supporters, and community found out just how serious his fall was. According to the Arizona Interscholastic Association, Youvella died Monday at the hospital of a traumatic brain injury.
Deciding to put your loved one in a nursing home is not an easy decision. Hearing so many cases of abuse and neglect from caretakers is nerve-racking. But a new report from Iowa shows that there's more to consider when placing your loved one in the right nursing home. An Iowa nursing home administrator has been fined $500 for allegedly failing to protect residents from a convicted sex offender.
We've told you about the dangers of social media and semi truck accidents before, but a recent story making headlines is a harsh reminder of just how dangerous it really is. Jorge Espinoza is a 33-year-old truck driver from Arizona who was driving an 18-wheeler while looking at pictures of half-naked women on Facebook with his smartphone - all while driving 65mph on cruise control. What he didn't see was two fire engines and three police cars ahead of him, causing him to crash into all vehicles and kill one officer, according to investigators. All of this was caught on camera.
Halloween is one of the most popular holidays of the year. It's a time to dress up, have fun, take your kids out trick or treating, and celebrate among family and friends. It's also known as a big drinking holiday. If you plan on drinking on Halloween night, please be responsible. Here is a list of the best ways for Arizonans to get home safely if they decide to have a drink:
There are more than 35 million people worldwide suffering from Alzheimer's, including 5 million in the U.S. By 2050, those numbers are expected to more than double. With strain already being put on caregivers nationwide, dementia education and specialized care is needed more than ever. A few weeks ago, the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced $45 million in new Alzheimer's research, with most of the money focused on finding ways to prevent or delay the devastating disease. Collectively, the disease's financial toll is $200 billion a year in the U.S. alone. But even these big numbers can't keep up with the amount of people being diagnosed every year.
When we go in to the doctor, we expect to find out what exactly is wrong and a solution for getting better. Usually that involves getting a prescription of some kind, but a new study has found that depending on where you are geographically located depends on what you are prescribed. This seems odd, particularly with doctors going to varying schools around the country - why would certain places prescribe medication while another a city typically wouldn't?