Aging Arizona has long been known as a paradise for retirees. But what is it really like to grow old in the Grand Canyon State? In this podcast, reporter Kathy Ritchie explores the ups and downs of aging. Each episode takes a fresh look at important issues affecting the state's older population.
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Aging

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Arizona has long been known as a paradise for retirees. But what is it really like to grow old in the Grand Canyon State? In this podcast, reporter Kathy Ritchie explores the ups and downs of aging. Each episode takes a fresh look at important issues affecting the state's older population.

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