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

Rural Transportation: Challenges and Opportunities
Policy brief discusses a study on the challenges of implementing rural transportation services and their implication on transportation policy. Analyzes infrastructure, geography, funding, accessibility, support and public awareness, and socio-demographics as barriers to rural transportation systems.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Alex Evenson, Amanda Corbett, Katy Kozhimannil, Ira Moscovice
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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No Wrong Door: Supporting Community Living for Veterans
Reports on several Veteran-Directed Home- and Community-Based Services (VD-HCBS) programs in 7 states. Presents a breakdown of each program and highlights challenges each program had to overcome. Bases analysis on 2 separate state surveys. Also includes tools useful to building collaborative partnerships between VA medical providers and aging and disability agencies in order to better serve veterans in their communities.
Author(s): Christina Neill Bowen, Wendy Fox-Grage, Kali Thomas, James Rudolph
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP Public Policy Institute
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Community Living for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Elders
Presents an issue brief detailing commonalities in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities with respect to Native Elders. Discusses historical trauma, the resulting treaties, health disparities, and traditional practices of Native Elders. Looks at how Native Elders interact with the healthcare system and the programs and services designed to support them within their communities.
Author(s): Jane Tilly, Kristen Hudgins
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Community Living
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Aging in Rural America: Transportation: A Rural Imperative
Presentation slides discuss aging and rural transportation from the 2017 GIA annual conference. Includes presentations by Rural Philanthropic Analysis at Campbell University, the National Aging & Disability Transportation Center, the Maricopa Association of Governments, and NORC’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis.
Author(s): Allen Smart, Carol Wright Kenderdine, Amy St. Peter, Alana Knudson
Date: 10/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers In Aging
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Rural Transportation Best Practice: Transportation for Individuals with Chronic Care Conditions
Highlights a program called Mountain Empire Older Citizens (MEOC), which is a transportation assistance service for individuals with chronic conditions in Big Stone Gap, VA. Details the demographics of the town, as well as the structure of the program.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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State of Care: Wisconsin's Home Care Landscape
Provides a snapshot of the home care landscape in Wisconsin. Includes information on the quality of care, workforce compensation, training, scope of practice, recruitment and retention, and unique challenges in rural areas. Includes statistics on home care workforce demographics in Wisconsin and at the national level, older adult population by county, and labor force participation and unemployment rates in Wisconsin by age, seduction, gender and family composition, and poverty.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
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Aging in Place in Small Urban and Rural Communities
Examines the current state of aging in place, including cost benefits of rural residents living independently and using home health services and public transportation, rather than relocating to assisted living facilities. Includes statistics on costs of various types of senior living situations in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Maine, New Mexico, and Montana, and aging in place cost savings forecasts for these states.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Del Peterson, Ted Rieck
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
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Aging in Rural America: Overlooked Needs, Quiet Strength
Slides from a July 31, 2017 presentation highlighting the work of Grantmakers in Aging through its rural aging initiative. Includes tips for successful rural aging projects.
Author(s): Cindy Padilla
Date: 07/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers In Aging
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State of Care: Minnesota's Home Care Landscape
Provides a snapshot of the home care landscape in Minnesota. Includes information on the quality of care, workforce compensation, training, and unique challenges and changing demographics in rural areas. Includes statistics on home care workforce demographics in Minnesota and at the national level, and older adult population by county.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Interdisciplinary Clinical Video - Telehealth for Geriatrics and Dementia
Highlights the development, implementation, and evaluation of an interdisciplinary telehealth program designed to help caregivers provide coordinated care for aging rural veterans suffering from dementia. Discusses the interdisciplinary team model comprised of social workers, geriatricians, primary care providers, and rural caregivers coordinating to maintain a uniform level of care. Includes outcomes regarding the increase of access to education and caregiver support, as well as the ability of providers to prescribe medication to rural patients.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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