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Rural Workers Get Fewer Benefits to Help with Elder Care
Sep 20, 2018 - Details an interview with Carrie Henning-Smith, an assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, regarding challenges rural caregivers face when providing uncompensated care for family members or elders. Discusses differences with workplace benefits for rural and urban caregivers.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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Chronic Loneliness Is A Major Cause Of Suicide For Seniors, Especially in Rural California
Sep 12, 2018 - Discusses the health risks associated with chronic loneliness and isolation. In California's rural Amador County, one third of the suicides between 2010 and 2017 were over the age of 60. Rural communities often have older residents and are generally more isolated due to their geography. Also highlights community interventions designed to fight loneliness and provide community for older residents.
Source: Capital Public Radio
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Caring for Children, Elders in Rural Areas Hits Working Caregivers Harder
Aug 17, 2018 - Details the findings of a new study that found that workers in rural areas who take care of an ailing adult or child have less support at the workplace to help them manage their dual roles than workers in urban areas. More than 43 million Americans provide help for a family member of friend, and these numbers are expected to increase with the aging baby boomers. This is especially concerning for rural areas, which are aging at a faster rate and have higher disability rates than urban areas.
Source: Star Tribune
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