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Resources by Topic: Elderly population

Rural Long-Term Services and Supports: A Primer
Provides background information on rural long-term services and supports (LTSS), and examines rural access to and the use of LTSS. Describes LTSS as integral components of a high-performing rural health system, particularly for individuals with disabilities and/or over the age of 65. Three main sections discuss patterns of rural LTSS use, affordability and burden of LTSS, and rural LTSS models, policies, and trends.
Author(s): Andrew F. Coburn, Jennifer P. Lundblad
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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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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A Day in the Life of an APS Worker in Rural America
Details the experience of working as a state Adult Protective Service (APS) worker in West Virginia. Discusses some of the challenges of the job, both personally and professionally.
Author(s): Bill Benson
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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Poverty Rates by Age Group and Metro/Nonmetro Residence, 2016
Bar chart showing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty rates for all ages, for children under 5, children under 18, adults aged 18-64, and seniors over 65.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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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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QuickStats: Percentage of All Visits by Patients Aged ≥65 Years to Office-Based Physicians Made by Patients with Hypertension, by Sex and Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) — National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, United States, 2012–2015
Bar chart showing the percentage of visits to a physician by patients 65 and older who have a diagnosis of hypertension, with information overall and by gender for those living in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 66(40), 1085
Date: 10/2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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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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Integrating Primary & Behavioral Healthcare for Older Adults in Rural Communities
Describes the importance of integrated care for older adults in rural areas, and highlights sample programs in rural Pennsylvania and western Illinois.
Author(s): Sara Afayee
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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