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Reports of abuse and neglect in long-term care may lead to some legislative action

Reports of abuse and neglect in long-term care over the years may lead to some legislative action this session. 

Brendan Blake is the director of Advocacy for AARP Arizona. His job is to keep an eye on aging-related legislation. He says the issue of long-term care has come to the forefront, in part, because of media reports about abuse and neglect. 

"So we could see bills that relate to licensing, we could see bills that relate to penalties for bad actors, we could see bills that relate to quality of care and care metrics, and how care is being given and or training of employees," Blake said. 

Blake says AARP Arizona has heard from both Republicans and Democrats about this issue.

Someone turning 65 today has a nearly 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care. 

KJZZ senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.