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

Greater Good Podcasts Rural Health Segment, Part 1: How Did We Get Here? Rural Health Challenges in America
Set of three podcast episodes featuring Erika Ziller and Yvonne Jonk of the Maine Rural Health Research Center discussing current rural health issues and challenges, as well as historical factors related to the current rural health system. Addresses rural aging and long-term care, dental care, health insurance coverage, and health-related impacts of growing up in a rural community. Also compares rural health in Maine, other parts of the U.S., and rural communities in other countries.
Additional links: Part 2: Growing Up Rural, Part 3: Rural Health in Maine and America vs. the World
Author(s): Carrie Wilshusen, Erika Ziller, Yvonne Jonk
Date: 09/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center
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Supportive Services and Caregiving for Older Rural Adults: Policy Brief and Recommendations to the Secretary
Provides an overview of current supportive services and caregiving policies for rural seniors, in terms of availability, accessibility, and acceptability of services. Explores topics including long-term services and supports, telehealth, care coordination, transportation, stigma, and unpaid caregivers, and describes federal programs for older adults. Offers policy recommendations and considerations.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Fall 2018 Cycle: CDP Report
Evaluates 5 quality measures related to geriatrics and palliative care and supports using them for quality improvement efforts and reporting programs. The measures include 1) improvement in ambulation/locomotion; 2) improvement in bathing; 3) improvement in bed transferring; 4) improvement in management of oral medication; and 5) improvement in pain interfering with activity. The measures were not risk-adjusted for rurality.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Geriatrician Roles and the Value of Geriatrics in an Evolving Healthcare System
Research report focusing on how geriatric roles are changing as healthcare systems and organizations reorganize care. Features information on ways telemedicine is used in geriatric care delivery in rural areas, including the TeleECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) model.
Author(s): Timothy Bates, Aubri Kottek, Joanne Spetz
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of California San Francisco Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care
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National Program Helps Older Adults in Rural Maine and Hawaii Feel More CAPABLE
Highlights CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders), a national model that connects low-income older adults with an occupational therapist, registered nurse, and home repair services. Features programs implemented in Hawaii and Maine based on this model.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Support and Services at Home (SASH) Evaluation: SASH Evaluation Findings, 2010-2016
Evaluates the Support and Services at Home (SASH) program in Vermont, which provides support services and care coordination for older adults and people with disabilities in conjunction with affordable housing. Addresses Medicaid and Medicare expenditures, medication management, property management, challenges, and lessons learned. Identifies the percent of rural SASH host properties and differences for rural areas.
Additional links: Highlights
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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The Rural-ness of Social Isolation: Information from Recent Public Health Research
Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith, deputy director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, explains how social isolation and loneliness impact rural Americans, based on information from her team's recent studies.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Social Isolation and Loneliness: Insights from Rural Clinical Providers and Other Experts
Provides an overview of social isolation and loneliness and the factors, such as limited transportation options, that can contribute to these problems in rural areas. Includes discussion of social risk assessments. Features rural clinicians, researchers, and other experts sharing their perspectives on addressing these concerns.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Alaska State Plan for Senior Services FFY 2020 - FFY 2023
Provides an analysis of a statewide initiative to identify the issues and needs of seniors in Alaska to guide the development of senior health and human services in the state. Discusses the demographic trends and needs of this population based on ongoing needs assessment activities. Identifies specific goals, objectives, and performance measures developed by the State Plan for Senior Services Advisory Committee for FFY 2020-2023.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard: Emerging Innovations - Mobility Managers
Report highlights the role of mobility managers in coordinating transportation services for elders allowing them to age in place. Features examples of mobility managers functioning in both rural and urban settings.
Author(s): Doug Birnie, James McLary, Wendy Fox-Grage, Jana Lynott
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP Public Policy Institute
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