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Resources by Topic: Elderly population

Leveraging the Power of Connection: Demystifying "Social Determinants of Health" to Promote Healthier Aging in the 21st Century
Provides an overview of the August 2019 Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging in Nashville, Tennessee. Highlights local and national programs that support older rural adults. Presents recommendations from conference participants on topics including housing, healthcare literacy, and social determinants of health.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tivity Health
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2014-2018 Poverty Rate in the United States by County
Interactive map showing county-level poverty rates, based on the 2014-2019 American Community Survey 5-year estimates. Hover over a county to get poverty data by age range for those under 18 years old, 18-64, and 65 or older.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Supportive Services and Caregiving for Older Rural Adults from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Webinar recording discusses the support and caregiving services older adults in rural areas. Highlights policy recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 12/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Behavioral Health in Rural America: Challenges and Opportunities
Examines the prevalence of behavioral health disorders in rural populations with an emphasis on high-risk populations. Discusses access to behavioral health services in rural areas, and the barriers associated with the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Highlights programs and policy strategies known to demonstrate improvements in behavioral health systems, and offers policy recommendations for change supporting improved outcomes in rural populations.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): John Gale, Jaclyn Janis, Andrew Coburn, Hanna Rochford
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on the Aging Services Network and the Older Adults They Serve
Report highlights the results of a survey of National Council on Aging (NCOA) grantees and partners on the effect of the opioid epidemic on older adults. Details the percentage of respondents from rural areas and offers recommendations and resources to address the epidemic among the aging population.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Aging
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Nutrition Assistance Programs: Agencies Could Do More to Help Address the Nutritional Needs of Older Adults
Report focuses on the shortcomings of the federal nutrition guidelines in meeting the nutritional needs of older adults. Bases recommendations on interviews with older adults in both rural and urban areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Poverty Rates in 2017 Were Highest for Children, Particularly Among Those Living in Rural Areas
Bar chart showing rural and urban poverty rates by age group. Includes data for children under 5 years, all children under 18 years of age, working age adults (18-64 years), and seniors (65 and older).
Date: 11/2019
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Promising Practice: Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon Brings Together Innovative Ideas and Programs
Features a promising practice on rural aging from Oregon State Office of Rural Health. The annual Forum on Aging in Rural Oregon allows community organizations to come together to share ideas and resources on what works to address the needs of an aging population in their communities.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Financial Alignment Initiative South Carolina Healthy Connections Prime: First Evaluation Report
Evaluation of the first year of the South Carolina Healthy Connections Prime demonstration to integrate care for the state's Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries. Discusses access and other challenges for rural enrollees and how the program has worked to address rural needs.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, RTI International
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Study of Food Safety Needs of Adult Day Care Centers in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
Identifies the food safety education needs of adult day care centers. Examines food safety knowledge gaps, preferences for receiving food safety education, and methods for communicating about food safety education resources. Includes information on rural, town, and urban adult day care centers.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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