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Resources by Topic: Aging and aging-related services

Delivery of Fall Prevention Interventions for At-Risk Older Adults in Rural Areas: Findings from a National Dissemination
Identifies the geographical reach of 8 evidence-based fall prevention program in the U.S. Compares fall prevention program dissemination characteristics by rurality. Includes participant and workshop statistics for the 8 fall prevention programs and various program delivery sites by metro, nonmetro adjacent, and nonmetro non-adjacent areas.
Author(s): Matthew Lee Smith, Samuel D. Towne, Angelica Herrera-Venson, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(12), 2798
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
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Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Resource Guide
Provides an overview of elder abuse in rural and tribal communities as presented during a summit event hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice's Elder Justice Initiative on November 14-15, 2018. Includes statistical data on impacts of elder abuse in rural settings and links to toolkits, federal resources, and community outreach resources. Supplemental document contains speaker presentation slides.
Additional links: Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Summit Materials
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Justice
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Factors Associated with Depression Detection in a New Hampshire Mental Health Outreach Program
Presents a study on the accuracy of depression detection in older adults in New Hampshire. Compares a number of demographic factors, such as age, gender, and rural status, among others.
Author(s): Angela R. Ghesquiere, Renée Pepin, Jennifer Kinsey, et al.
Citation: Aging and Mental Health, 22(11), 1471-1476
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
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Advance Care Planning: Strategic for All Adults, Even the Healthy
Discusses the benefits of patients having proactive conversations about the care they might want to receive in situations where they are unable to speak for themselves. Shares insights from advance care planning (ACP) advocates and experts regarding ACP access in rural areas.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Leveraging Telehealth to Support Aging Americans
Reviews the potential benefits of telehealth for Americans 65 and older. Covers remote patient monitoring, federal and state regulations, and best practices from health insurers and healthcare providers. Includes case studies from rural areas.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: America's Health Insurance Plans
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Community-based Palliative Care: Scaling Access for Rural Populations
Explains the role palliative care plays in meeting the needs of patients with serious illness and chronic medical conditions. Discusses challenges to accessing palliative care in rural areas and highlights work in Alaska, California, and Kansas to help address this need.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Late Life Domestic Violence: No Such Thing as "Maturing Out" of Elder Abuse
Focuses on elder abuse, with information on prevalence, screening, costs, and legal issues. Also features work being done in indigenous populations to address elder abuse.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Key Informant Perspectives on Rural Social Isolation and Loneliness
Describes challenges and opportunities related to health impacts of social isolation in rural areas, using data from interviews with 22 experts from 11 states and the District of Columbia. Addresses gaps in the literature on rural-urban differences in social isolation and offers suggestions for policy changes and programmatic interventions.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Alexandra Ecklund, Megan Lahr, et al.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Participation in Cultural Traditions Promotes Happiness and Peacefulness Among American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Elders
Explores the role traditional cultural practices play in the psychological wellness in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian elders. Looks at rates of happiness, calmness, nervousness, and melancholy.
Author(s): Andrew Herting, Collette Adamsen
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Resource Center on Native American Aging
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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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