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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Aging and aging-related services

COVID-19 and Rural America: How Can Philanthropy Respond?
May 12, 2020 webinar providing a national overview of how philanthropy in rural America is responding to COVID-19 with new initiatives and more flexible processes. Includes a report on expanding and coordinating local resources to meet the needs of older people, and the impact of the new regulations for telemedicine during the emergency and the prospect of providing expanded services in rural areas.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers In Aging
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Characteristics of Counties with the Highest Proportion of the Oldest Old
Policy brief examining the characteristics of communities having the greatest percent of residents ages 85 and older. Discusses documented differences in rural-urban locations in long-term care availability and caregiver supports. Includes a list of counties with the highest proportion of the oldest old, a county-level map with shadings showing proportions of the oldest old, and statistics on county characteristics, with breakdowns by highest-prevalence rural counties, all counties, rural counties, and noncore rural counties.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Megan Lahr, Jonathan Schroeder, Cody Tuttle, Samantha Mills
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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National Resource Center on Native American Aging - COVID-19 Resources
Provides links to resources and guidance for Native American elders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information about the pandemic, as well as recommendations for elders.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Resource Center on Native American Aging
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Older Americans Act: Nutrition Services Program
Provides an overview of the Nutrition Services Program authorized under the Older Americans Act. Describes the administration of the Nutrition Services Program, its funding, service delivery, program participation, and program evaluation. Includes brief rural references throughout.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative - COVID-19 Tribal Elder Resources
Features resources and information for Native American elders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides guidance pertaining to social distancing, food security, and mental health for Native elders.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
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Older Americans Act
Official compilation of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended through P.L. 116-131, enacted March 25, 2020. Provides federal funding for programs that support services for older adults. Provides states and localities with the flexibility to decide the allocation of National Family Caregiver Services between the populations served and extends authorization of the RAISE Family Caregiver Act and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act by one additional year. Includes discussion of services to help rural older adults.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Rates of Living Alone by Rurality and Age
Identifies the percentage rates of adults living alone and within specific age groups using two classifications of rurality: the U.S. Census Bureau definition for rural and urban, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) definition for metropolitan/non-metropolitan county.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Jonathan Schroeder, Mariana S Tuttle
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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2019 Transportation Trends Mental Health and Transportation
Report explores the role transportation plays in providing access to mental healthcare. Highlights a number of programs in both rural and urban communities, as well as resources pertaining to transportation to support mental health.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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Evaluation of Senior Community Centers in Rural and Urban Pennsylvania
Report evaluates Pennsylvania's senior community centers in both rural and urban areas. Details some of the services offered by senior community centers and features county level data.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Janet Ann Melnick, Morgan Silfies, Heather Shanks-McElroy, Emily McElroy
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
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Nursing Home Closures and Trends: June 2015 - June 2019
Provides an overview of the causes and implications of 500 nursing home closures between June 2015 and June 2019. Examines the geographic distribution of these closures, including states in which closures are concentrated in rural areas. Explores nursing home closures in relation to occupancy rates, quality ratings, tax status, and the impact of Medicaid payment policies. Offers recommendations for policymakers and nursing homes.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: LeadingAge
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