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Since the coronavirus first started spreading in Idaho, one concern for both the public and health officials has been the protection of folks who live in nursing homes. But as March turned to April and then to May, the state remained tight-lipped about exactly how many cases of COVID-19 exist in which facilities. 

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Longterm care facilities quickly became COVID-19 hotspots when the virus emerged in the United States. In Idaho, nearly one-quarter of long-term care centers have had staff or patients test positive for the coronavirus. Boise State Public Radio reporter Rachel Cohen took a closer look at one of them in northern Idaho, and joins Idaho Matters to talk about what she learned. 

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According to a 2016 study by Johns Hopkins, more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year because of medical mistakes, making it the third leading cause of death in our country after heart disease and cancer. 

1 In 10 Seniors Are Victims Of Elder Neglect Or Abuse

Jun 11, 2019

June is National Elder Abuse Prevention Month and the Justice Alliance for Vulnerable Adults (JAVA) is partnering with Assistant U.S. District Attorney Sean Mazorol to bring attention to the warning signs of elder abuse. Idaho Matters talks with Marozol and Mary Holden, JAVA's coordinator about spotting the signs of and reporting elder abuse.

Idaho Matters examines trends in suicide rates among America's senior population. Our guest, Ron Larsen, from Optum Idaho, looks at the impact here in the Gem State. 

For people in crisis, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is always accessible via phone or text at 208-398-4357.

Aging In Place In Boise Just Got Harder

Dec 22, 2017
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Boise at Home was designed to help the Treasure Valley’s older residents stay in their homes and be independent for as long as possible. But when the organization folded this fall, its members were left to fend for themselves.


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Last December, we told you about nine high school students who were building a tiny house for charity, while learning skills in construction. Now the project is complete and it’s time to raffle off the house to help seniors and others in need.

Why Boise Helped Pay For New Low-Income Senior Housing

May 13, 2016
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The City of Boise Thursday celebrated the opening of a new apartment complex for low-income seniors. It’s called the Vineyard at Eagle Promenade, though it’s actually in Boise just across the road from Eagle. The City of Boise helped pay for the 30-unit project along with several partners, including the Idaho Housing and Finance association and New Beginnings Housing which has other low-income housing in Nampa, Caldwell and Hailey.