Arizona is known as a paradise for retirees. What is it really like to grow old in the Grand Canyon State? In this podcast series, reporter Kathy Ritchie explores the ups and downs of growing old by taking a fresh look at important issues affecting the state's aging population.
Raising children is hard. Raising a child in your retirement years might be even harder. But that's the reality for more than 70,000 Arizona grandparents. Issues of addiction, incarceration, and mental illness are leaving many Americans unable to care for their kids, so more and more grandparents nationwide are stepping into the role of second-time parent. These "grandfamilies" face emotional, financial, and legal hurdles. But many grandparent caregivers also discover rewarding relationships and say they wouldn't have it any other way.