Hannah Critchfield - Aging and Seniors Reporter

Aging and Seniors Reporter

I cover roughly a fourth of the Tampa Bay area’s population, and strive for my coverage to reflect the diversity of this community. I care deeply about learning what issues, challenges and triumphs are on the minds of our seniors and the people around them. I’m committed to telling stories that reveal hidden wrongdoing and serve communities that are often overlooked in the public sphere. I’m originally from a Midwestern town called Normal, which I promise is a real place — we have the world’s largest Dairy Queen, after all — and earned my master’s degree at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. While I miss the cardinals of Central Park, I’m excited to learn about every single one of Florida’s piquant birds. If you have a story idea or just want to talk, reach out. Tell me what we’re missing, what you want to know, and how I can better serve you. Email me for my direct phone number if you’d like to talk more securely on Signal.

  1. Jun. 30• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Protesters chant during an abortion rights rally Saturday at the corner of E Fowler Avenue and N 56th Street in Temple Terrace.
  2. Ron DeSantis speaks before he signs the state budget at The Villages, Florida, on June 2, 2022.
  3. Jun. 19• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Xavier Phillips Sr., left, and Xavier Phillips Jr., with XP Drummers, play Trinidad folk rhythms on their drums during the Sankofa Juneteenth Freedom Festival on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at the Rebirth Event Park in Tampa.
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  5. John Calandra, 75, is pictured holding hands with his home health aide on June 2, 2022, while in a small room at his St. Petersburg home. Calandra is partially paralyzed from a stroke but cannot gain access to a nursing home because of his status as a convicted sex offender.
  6. Christina Wood, 72, of Regency Heights in Clearwater, reacts moments before takeoff in a World War II biplane at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg. The flight was a dream of hers fulfilled through My Jump!, an organization that helps seniors fulfill bucket list items. Wood was given six months to live after she was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.
  7. Members of the "Classes of 1970" in St. Petersburg pose for a group photo during a reunion on May 14, 2022, at the Club at Treasure Island. Attendees recalled being uprooted from all-Black Gibbs High during the 1969-70 school year and sent to predominantly white schools as part of a desegregation plan imposed on the Pinellas County school district.
  8. Patricia Miller, left, gets a hug from her sister Stacey Miller, 53, at the Phyllis Busansky Senior Center in Tampa on May 9. Now 71, Patricia Miller once changed her infant sister’s diapers. Now, Stacey Miller cares for her, but welcomes the time her older sister spends at the center.
  9. An anti-scaling fence surrounds the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, May 5, 2022, during a demonstration in Washington over a draft opinion that suggests the court could be poised to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. The news prompted local seniors who came of age before Roe to reflect on their views of the law and its implications.
  10. People choose bread items while picking up groceries during Feeding Tampa Bay’s first “Senior Wellness Shopping Day” on Monday in Tampa. The initiative aims to get food to senior adults easier by adjusting the hours they can come to the pantry.
  11. Congregants attend the last church service at Gulfport Presbyterian Church on Sunday, April 24, 2022. The church was forced to close to due to declining membership — there are currently only 19 regular congregants, mainly older adults.
  12. Nancy Bland, 75, (right) and Luz Maria Echevarria, 90, share a laugh together over a photograph during a social activity at Progress Village Senior Center where seniors are coming together again for the first time in two years since Hillsborough County closed down it’s senior centers due to the pandemic, Monday, April 25, 2022 in Tampa.
  13. Jeff Blankman, left, leads his son, Andrew Blankman, (both) of Philadelphia, Pa., from the Osprey Clubhouse on Tuesday, Jan 4, 2022, at the Innisbrook Resort. Fifteen former employees have filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the facility.
  14. Pat Head, 75, and her husband, Cliff Head, 81, on the couch in the living room of their apartment at the Lutheran Residences of South Pasadena on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 in South Pasadena.
  15. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed the media at the River Garden Hebrew House for the Aged in Jacksonville on the status of COVID-19 vaccination rates in the state's nursing homes and assisted living facilities Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
  16. The measure that would allowing nursing home visits in Florida bars facilities from requiring “proof of any vaccination or immunization" from visitors.
  17. Amid a growing workforce shortage, Florida nursing homes are joining hospitals in recruiting nurses from abroad to adequately staff facilities. Some home care agencies have also begun to recruit overseas workers as well.
  18. The Florida Capitol in Tallahassee.
  19. A registered nurse examines a potential COVID-19 patient inside a triage tent outside Lee Memorial Hospital in 2020 in Fort Myers.
  20. Residents take an afternoon stroll in April 2020 at the Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion in Seminole. A state Senate bill would loosen staffing standards at nursing homes as the industry continues to deal with worker shortages.
  21. Members of the Florida House of Representatives work during a legislative session, Friday, April 30, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  22. The Jose Gasparilla pirate ship, carrying hundreds of pirates in Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, sails during the Gasparilla Pirate invasion on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, in Tampa, Fla.
  23. Exterior photo of Radiant Health Care of Brandon, formerly Consulate Health pictured on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Brandon.

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