Latest Seniors News

Nurse Chris Rutledge suits up in personal protective equipment before entering the patient wards of a COVID-19 field hospital, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Lenoir, N.C. Rutledge works for Samaritan’s Purse, the international Christian relief organization which built the temporary facility to take pressure off local hospitals overwhelmed with coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

North Carolina field hospital helps fight coronavirus surge

Jan. 25, 2021 1:29 AM EST

LENOIR, N.C. (AP) — Chris Rutledge peels an N-95 mask off her tired face, revealing the silhouette it leaves behind. Her name and a tiny heart are drawn on the face covering in black marker so her patients know who she is. “I look terrible when it comes off,” she jokes as she takes a break...

People, some wearing masks to help protect from the spread of the coronavirus sit on a square in Eminonu market in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, hours before the start of a two-day weekend curfew. The country of 83 million rolled out its vaccination drive a week ago, starting with health care workers as well as nursing home residents and their care-givers. More than 1 million people received the first of two doses of the vaccine developed by China's Sinovac pharmaceutical company in the first week.  (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey passes 25,000 COVID-19-related deaths

Jan. 24, 2021 12:39 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Sunday passed 25,000 COVID-19-related deaths since the start of the outbreak in March, the health ministry said. A toll of 140 new fatalities saw the total figure rise to 25,073. Turkey has recorded more than 2.4 million infections since the first case was recorded on March...

Indiana seeks to make it easier for elderly to age at home

Jan. 24, 2021 10:13 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana officials want to overhaul state rules to allow more elderly Hoosiers to access home- and community-based services so they can age at home, rather than at nursing homes. The proposals announced last week by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration come a week after...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021 file photo medical staff members walk between traffic cones at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site set up in the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. Five weeks into its vaccination program, California still doesn't have nearly the supply to meet demand and there's growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver through the system. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

The Latest: New virus clusters hit China's north provinces

Jan. 23, 2021 9:38 PM EST

BEIJING — A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus. The single-occupancy rooms in the city of Nangong in Hebei province just outside Beijing are each equipped with their own heaters, toilets, showers and other...

Alaska officials to consider sooner vaccines for teachers

Jan. 23, 2021 11:52 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska health officials say they are considering bumping up teachers on the state's vaccine list as more students have restarted in-person instruction. Tessa Walker Linderman, a top vaccine official with the state Department of Health and Social Services, made the announcement on...

Minnesota deaths rise by 15% and not all because of COVID-19

Jan. 23, 2021 1:04 AM EST

ST. PAUL Minn. (AP) — Late in the night on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, the year 2020 became the deadliest in Minnesota’s history. By year’s end, well over 51,000 people had died in the state, according to the state’s preliminary death records. The St. Paul Pioneer Press...

AARP: State needs to prioritize older residents for vaccine

Jan. 22, 2021 8:32 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Advocates for the elderly are calling on Rhode Island to prioritize vaccinating older residents against COVID-19. The AARP's Rhode Island office on Friday demanded Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and other state leaders revise the state’s vaccination plan to immediately...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis asks Vera Leip, 88, how she feels after nurse Christine Philips, left, administered the Pfizer vaccine at John Knox Village, in Pompano Beach, Fla. DeSantis is walking back his claims that his state has now vaccinated 1 million seniors. State officials acknowledged that it could take a few more days to reach the milestone. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier, File)

Florida governor walks back claim over 1 millionth shot

Jan. 22, 2021 6:43 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had a made-for-TV moment: A 100-year-old World War II veteran getting a vaccine against the coronavirus. “An American hero,” the governor proclaimed Friday, would be the 1 millionth senior in his state to get a lifesaving shot in the arm. As...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits the Marion County and Salem Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Salem, Ore. On Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, the Democrat delivered her State of the State address, reflecting on the challenges Oregonians have faced in the last year, the pandemic, protests, wildfires and outlined her goals for the future, focusing on racial equity, ensuring children return to school, mitigating wildfire danger and expanding health care access. (Abigail Dollins/Statesman-Journal via AP, Pool, File)

Governor defends decision to vaccinate Oregon teachers first

Jan. 22, 2021 4:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gov. Kate Brown on Friday defended her decision to reject federal guidelines and prioritize teachers for the COVID-19 vaccine before the elderly, stating that if all of Oregon's seniors were vaccinated first teachers would likely not be vaccinated before the school year and many...

COVID vaccination appointments given to 11,500 Delawareans

Jan. 22, 2021 7:46 AM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Division of Public Health has offered COVID-19 vaccination appointments to 11,500 seniors for two vaccination events happening in the state. The department said those with age and health conditions were given the highest priority when the offers were made Thursday, a day...