The journey Grace embarked upon from a client of the Department of Economic Security (DES) to an employee was often tumultuous. Her story began in the summer of 2006, when Grace, pregnant and unsure of what resources were available, followed the advice of a friend and went to a DES office for the first time.
Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. See what DES is doing to further this movement by helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people.
June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The Arizona Department of Economic Security's (DES) Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) urges everyone to watch for signs of abuse, neglect and exploitation and report them, and take measures to protect the elderly.
Excessive heat warnings are issued by the National Weather Service on a regular basis during the hottest summer months in Arizona. Those who are homeless, for instance, can have a difficult time finding refuge from the heat. Here are some tips to avoid heat-related illness.
Throughout the school year, children in low-income families are able to receive free and reduced breakfast and lunch. But what happens in the summer when the children are not in school and do not have access to the meals? The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) to ensure that children who receive federally-subsidized meals at school don't go hungry during the summer months.
As Older Americans Month comes to an end, we ask the question, “How old is old?” Although the Older Americans Act supports home and community-based services for adults aged sixty and older, answering the question isn’t so simple, and often leads to subjective and existential answers.
Although his verbal skills are limited, Ray Thomas, a DDD member diagnosed with autism, has the talent to communicate through other means. He draws and paints to express his understanding and knowledge. You see, Ray is an artist.