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Resources by Topic: Elderly population

Mapping High Risk Areas for COVID-19
An interactive web-based mapping tool focused on identifying priority areas for the COVID-19 pandemic. Offers data on health conditions, demographics, and social determinants that may make a population more vulnerable to COVID-19. Also includes the location of hospitals. Users can upload their own COVID-19 patient profile data. Part of the HealthLandscape set of tools.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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America at a Glance: 5310 & 5311 Transportation Funding in Rural Counties Counties
Examines how much funding is received by rural counties from the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (section 5310) and Formula Grants for Rural Areas (section 5311) programs. Discusses the type of agencies that receive section 5310 and 5311 funding in rural counties. Includes a map to highlight geographic differences in funding distribution.
Author(s): Andrew Myers, Ari Lissau
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, University of Montana Rural Institute: A Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
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Tribal Nursing Home & Assisted Living Facility Directory 2021
Directory lists all the tribally operated nursing home and assisted living facilities across the country. Provides the tribal affiliation, facility name, address, certification, and number of beds for each facility.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Meeting the Challenge of Caring for Persons Living with Dementia and Their Care Partners and Caregivers: A Way Forward
Examines the existing evidence on care interventions, services, and supports for people with dementia and their caregivers. Discusses gaps in the current evidence base and opportunities for future research. Describes interventions that can be implemented in a variety of settings to continue to expand the evidence base. Includes rural references and considerations throughout.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Older Adults, New Mobility, and Automated Vehicles
Discusses how the use of automated vehicles (AVs) and shared mobility options, like carsharing, ridehailing, and others, in public transportation may benefit and harm older adults. Identifies key factors related to older adults' mobility and describes transportation challenges in rural communities.
Author(s): Laura Fraade-Blanar, Nico Larco, Ryan Best, Tiffany Swift, Marjory Blumenthal
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: AARP Public Policy Institute, RAND Corporation, Urbanism Next Center
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COVID-19 Resources on Vulnerable Populations
A collection of federal COVID-19 resources for those working with vulnerable populations, including people living in rural areas, older adults, those with underlying medical conditions, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities. Offers information for healthcare professionals, researchers, community partners, consumers, and patients.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Ensuring Contact: Calling Rural Appalachian Older Adults During the COVID-19 Epidemic
Presents a study on the well-being and healthcare needs of socially isolated adults 75 years and older during the COVID-19 pandemic in rural West Virginia. Bases conclusions on telephone interviews with seniors from April 1-22, 2020. Breaks down data by demographic characteristics, mental and physical health conditions, and comfort with different forms of communication technology, among other factors.
Author(s): Robert B Walker, Michael Grome, William Rollyson, Adam D Baus
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 21, 6122
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources
Provides access to U.S. Census Bureau data useful in pandemic-related decision-making, as well as data from other federal agencies. Offers state and county impact planning reports that provide sociodemographic data, including data on at-risk populations, poverty, and health insurance coverage. Also provides data on businesses and employment.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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County-Level Access to Potential COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Facilities
Interactive map showing county-level data on potential COVID-19 vaccine administration facilities per 10,000 people. Displays data on percent of general population and percent of population older than 65 who reside more than 10 miles away from a facility. Includes number of hospital outpatient departments, community pharmacies, Rural Health Clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers in each county.
Additional links: Access to Potential COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Facilities: A Geographic Information Systems Analysis
Date: 12/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: West Health Policy Center
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Vaccination Implementation Strategies to Consider for Populations Recommended to Receive Initial Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine (Persons Included in Phases 1a-1c)
Guide for state, tribal, local, and territorial immunization programs and other immunization partners to help plan for phases 1a-1c of the COVID-19 vaccination program, which includes healthcare personnel, residents of long-term care facilities, essential workers, older adults, and individuals 16–64 years of age with underlying medical conditions. Covers provider recruitment and enrollment, locating and prioritizing populations, vaccine administration, documentation, and communication.
Additional links: Interim Considerations for Phased Implementation of COVID-19 Vaccination and Sub-Prioritization Among Recommended Populations
Date: 12/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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