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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. Evan Vilendrer plays a game on a tablet while grandparents Patrice and Dave Marquez care for their daughter’s children,13-month-old Eden and 4-year-old Evan, while their parents are at work on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Riverview.
  2. Florida had the most nursing home deaths in a monthlong period ending on Aug. 22.
  3. A recent study suggests seniors in the South may be delaying retirement at higher rates than older adults in any other region of the county.
  4. Atria Senior Living, which operates three assisted living facilities in Tampa Bay, has mandated staff vaccinations since January.
  5. Hope Ryan, 80, who came out as transgender and non-binary two years ago, pictured on the porch before going for a routine 5-mile walk from home on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Dade City.
  6. Christine Lagisquet, 92, at her home in Brandon, Florida, on Aug. 9.
  7. Christine Lagisquet, 92, at her home in Brandon, Florida, on Aug. 9.
  8. Robert Eberhart, 85, in his Pinellas Park home on Aug. 11.
  9. Roger Little, 80, poses for a portrait near the city waterfront in St. Petersburg, where he trains for triathlons. Little has participated in 400 triathlons in his lifetime, including the World Ironman Championships, 18 times. He will travel to Hawaii in October for the Ironman Championship once again, his 19th time, as the oldest person to compete in the race, which includes swimming, cycling and running grueling distances.
  10. Entrance of the Seminole Pavillion Rehabilitation and Nursing Services building at Freedom Square on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 in Seminole.
  11. South Unit of the Central Florida Reception Center in Orlando, on Friday, May 14, 2021.
  12. OxyContin, in 80 mg pills, in a 2013 file image.
  13. Lorraine Brown, a 65-year-old St. Petersburg resident, does her daily Bible study by the beach in Gulfport.
  14. In this July 17, 2020 photo, Margaret Choinacki, 87, blows kisses to her friend Frances Reaves during a drive-by visit at Miami Jewish Health in Miami.
  15. In this 2020 photo, Margaret Choinacki, 87, who has no other family members left because her husband and daughter have died, blows kisses to her friend Frances Reaves during a drive-by visit at Miami Jewish Health in Miami.
  16. Los residentes miran la calle a través de una ventana en el hogar de ancianos Icaria en Barcelona, España, el 25 de noviembre de 2020. La imagen fue parte de una serie del fotógrafo de Associated Press Emilio Morenatti que ganó el Premio Pulitzer 2021 por fotografía de largometraje. (Foto AP / Emilio Morenatti)
  17. Residents look at the street through a window at the Icaria nursing home in Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 25, 2020. The image was part of a series by Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti that won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
  18. The Freedom Square Seminole Nursing Pavilion, 7800 Liberty Lane, on April 17, 2020, in Seminole.
  19. Glenda McDonald, 64, poses for a photograph Thursday, July 15, 2021 at her home in New Port Richey. McDonald works for Seniors Helping Seniors Pinellas County, a for-profit organization that exclusively employs people 45 and older as home caregivers.
  20. A new study suggests that the way to combat the cost of aging is to stop it.
  21. The state and an assisted living facility in Trinity settled a case with a fine.
  22. A puddle floods Buena Vista Dr N following Tropical Storm Elsa, Wednesday, July 7, 2021 in Dunedin.
  23. Jae Passmore, 32, helps Tampa residents at Macfarlane Park fill and tie sandbags to secure their homes against Tropical Storm Elsa.