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

Resources for Caregiving in Rural Communities
Policy brief describing national and state-level resources being used to support unpaid caregivers in rural areas. Information was gleaned from journal articles, websites, and interviews with 41 informants representing providers, academics, advocacy groups, and others.
Author(s): Megan Lahr, Carrie Henning-Smith
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Perspectives on Rural Caregiving Challenges and Interventions
Policy brief describing challenges and opportunities to support unpaid caregivers in rural areas, based on 34 interviews with 41 key informants, from October 2017 through February 2018. Highlights work that informal caregivers are doing and identifies policy levers that have been used to support them.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Megan Lahr
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Gender Differences in Social Isolation and Social Support among Rural Residents
Examines gender differences in social isolation and supports among aging rural residents. Includes statistics on perceived loneliness, social support, and social participation by gender. Offers suggestions to reduce social isolation and improve associated health outcomes in rural communities.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Alexandra Ecklund, Ira Moscovice, Katy Kozhimannil
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Rural Aging: Health and Community Policy Implications for Reversing Social Isolation
Summarizes discussions from a stakeholder meeting regarding reversing social isolation among rural seniors. Highlights three objectives: a common understanding, actionable solutions, and awareness. Discusses the economic and health impacts of isolation for aging rural residents. Covers policy recommendations.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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Tribal Nursing Home Directory
Directory lists all the tribally operated nursing homes across the country. Lists the tribal affiliation, number of beds, and contact information for each facility.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Tribal Nursing Home Best Practices: Cultural Sensitivity
Details several models for culturally competent tribal nursing homes and the measures the facilities implemented to provide appropriate care for American Indian and Alaska Native elders. Discusses some initiatives implemented, such as hiring a cultural liaison to coordinate traditional activities and providing person-centered care.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Implementing a Home Visiting Model in Tribal Communities: Takeaways from the HomVEE Tribal Review
Presents findings on the implementation and effectiveness of a home visiting program in tribal communities. Draws findings from the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) project's review of research on home visiting in tribal communities. Features sample strategies from reviewed studies.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Mathematica Policy Research, The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
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Substance Abuse Among Older Adults Opioid Issues and Trends in Rural America
Webinar recording discusses the opioid crisis and its effect on elderly people in rural areas. Features presentations by representatives from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) and Health Benefits ABCs.
Additional links: Webinar Slides
Date: 01/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Housing and Homelessness: Services and Partnerships to Address a Growing Issue
Results of a National Association of Area Agencies on Aging poll on programs, services, and partnerships developed by AAAs to address issues related to housing and homelessness. Includes a case study on public housing and assisted living facilities in rural Batesville, Arkansas.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
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Rural AAAs Structure and Services: Information & Planning Issue Brief
Examines differences between rural and non-rural Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), using data from the 2016 AAA National Survey. Features statistics on budgets, budget sources, staff, structure, services, and participation in integrated care initiatives, with breakdowns by rural and non-rural location. Includes case studies from Maine, Virginia, and Utah.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
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