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News by Topic: Elderly population

Aug 30, 2021 - Article examining telehealth use by elderly patients and Medicare beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting advances in the field of telehealth but a sharp decline in visits in May 2020. Discusses different forms of telehealth used by Medicare beneficiaries, including telephone and video visits, and compares types of visits in large metro, metro, urban, small urban, and rural areas. Addresses potential barriers to telehealth use in rural areas, including broadband access.
Source: Stat
Aug 23, 2021 - Describes the challenges facing rural elders and people with disabilities related to public transportation to access healthcare and other daily needs. Highlights community-level and nonprofit programs offering assistance, as well as the larger planning issues that are needed to expand transportation access.
Source: KKTV
Jul 30, 2021 - Reports on a study of Alzheimer's mortality rate disparities in rural areas of the Southeastern United States. Discusses limited resources available to rural people with dementia and the potential for telemedicine and early diagnosis initiatives to combat Alzheimer's.
Source: U.S. News & World Report