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As nursing homes get vaccine, assisted living centers are left ‘falling through the cracks,’ experts say

Bill Oxford/iStockBy LAURA ROMERO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As the COVID-19 vaccine rollout reaches residents of nursing homes across the country, long-term care advocates remain concerned that many of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens — who are living in similar, high-risk congregate settings — are being left to wait.Assisted living facilities, which range from small…read more »

Some COVID-19 variants spread more easily than original: Here’s why

Rattankun Thongbun/iStockBy DR. SEAN LLEWELLYN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — In recent months, new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been popping up all over the world, and experts say even more will continue to be identified as this pandemic continues. In the United States, variants have been found in California and the Midwest…read more »

Dementia, Alzheimer’s not an inevitable part of aging: Study

Goodboy Picture Company/iStockBy DR. ALEXIS E. CARRINGTON, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease may not be an inevitable part of aging, according to a recent Dutch study, which identified 100-year-olds with high cognitive performance despite risk factors for decline.This six-year study of centenarians — people who are over 100 years old –…read more »

Cities, states face ‘a lot of uncertainty’ as they exhaust vaccine allotments

MarsBars/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Appointments are being canceled, sites are temporarily closing, county waitlists are in the thousands and states are adjusting eligibility timelines as vaccines supplies dwindle nationwide.With shipments coming weekly, officials say they don’t have much visibility on their supplies as they simultaneously schedule first and second doses, and…read more »

Mom speaks out as healthy 15-year-old daughter contracts COVID-19

Christina Meredith By NICOLE PELLETIERE, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A Texas mother is sharing the story of her teenager’s ongoing fight against COVID-19, in hopes to remind parents that young people are still at risk.Christina Meredith, a resident of Kyle, Texas, told ABC News’ Good Morning America that her 15-year-old daughter Katelynn Rodriquez, is…read more »

This 81-year-old TikTok influencer is all the fitness inspiration we need

mlleelizabethart/iStockBy GMA TEAM, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Erika Rischko is an 81-year-old mother of two, grandmother of one and, surprising to even herself, a fitness influencer.Rischko, of Langenfeld, Germany, describes herself as a “late bloomer” when it comes to fitness, but she now is inspiring people decades her junior with the workouts she shares on…read more »

The COVID-19 challenge Biden faces on Day One as president

vchal/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News (NEW YORK) — When President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20, he’ll be inheriting more than the Oval Office. As the COVID-19 pandemic extends into another year, the United States is leading the world for all the wrong reasons.With more than 24 million infections, the U.S. has reported…read more »

Pregnant doctor receives COVID-19 vaccine, urges others to as well

Baptist Health System, San Antonio, TexasBy KATIE KINDELAN, ABC News (SAN ANTONIO) — Dr. Nayeli Rodulfo-Zayas, an emergency medicine physician in San Antonio, Texas, was 35 weeks pregnant when she received her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month.Rodulfo-Zayas, also the mother of a 2-year-old, is speaking out about her decision in hopes…read more »