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News by Topic: Elderly population

In Rural Pennsylvania, Poverty Creates Barriers to Healthy Food Access and Federal Assistance
Mar 13, 2018 - Highlights barriers related to food security in a rural Pennsylvania county, including poverty and transportation issues. In this county, 16% of residents and 27% of children are food insecure. There are also many elderly residents on fixed incomes who rely on the food bank featured here.
Source: PublicSource
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The Stigma of Mental Illness in Small Towns
Feb 28, 2018 - Highlights the impact of stigma in reducing mental health access in rural areas. Rural patients are more likely to avoid seeking mental health services, not only because they don't think they should need them, but because the lack of anonymity in small towns often means that they would not be able to keep it a secret. Also touches on the specific needs of older adults, who are more likely to feel this stigma and who are less likely to have access to a provider who has specialized in the specific needs of the elderly.
Source: Next Avenue
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