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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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Improving Chronic Disease Self-Management by Older Home Health Patients through Community Health Coaching
Describes a pilot study using community volunteers trained as health coaches to assist rural older adults with chronic diseases discharged from home health services in effectively managing their chronic condition, with the intent to reduce their hospital readmission and emergency department use.
Author(s): Cheryl Dye, Deborah Willoughby, Begum Aybar-Damali, Carmelita Grady, Rebecca Oran, Alana Knudson
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(4), 660
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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Where You Age Matters: Individual- and County-Level Predictors of Formal and Informal Care in Rural Appalachia
Examines the county-level social factors and individual-level personal characteristics of older adults in rural, Appalachian Virginia. Explores how these factors interact to predict if older adults receive formal or informal care and contribute to disparities of care. Discusses implications for researchers and policymakers to better align outreach and service delivery.
Author(s): Jyoti Savla, L. Rebecca Bivens, Karen A. Roberto, Rosemary Blieszner
Citation: Journal of Aging and Health, 31(5), 837-860
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
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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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Body Mass Index and Rural Status on Self-Reported Health in Older Adults: 2002-2012 Medicare Expenditure Panel Survey
Presents a study comparing self-reported mental and physical health of older adults with rural status and obesity status. Pulls data from the Medicare Expenditure Panel Survey and breaks it down by age, race, and marital status, among other factors.
Author(s): John A. Batsis, Karen L. Whiteman, Matthew C. Lohman, Emily A. Scherer, Stephen J. Bartels
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 34(Suppl1), s56-s64
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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Secular Trends in Dementia and Cognitive Impairment of U.S. Rural and Urban Older Adults
Examines rural and urban differences in the rates of probable dementia and cognitive impairment without dementia (CIND) for adults in 2000 and 2010. Compares statistics and data by rurality for the study population by cognitive function, age group, race/ethnicity, marital status, education, and other health status measures.
Author(s): Margaret M. Weden, Regina A. Shih, Mohammed U. Kabeto, Kenneth M. Langa
Citation: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 54(2), 164-172
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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