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Resources by Topic: Elderly population

Prescribing Alzheimer's Disease Treatments by Provider Type and Geographic Region: A Comparison among Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants
Study examining prescriptions for Alzheimer's Disease (AD) medications by provider type and geographic regions, including non-metro and a range of metro settings. Analysis is based on commercial and Medicare supplemental claims data.
Author(s): Jenny Y. Park, David L. Veenstra, Christopher J. Wallick, Zachary A. Marcum
Citation: BMC Geriatrics, 22, 522
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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Transportation Equity for Older Adults
Explores equity concerns regarding transportation for older adults. Presents a framework for communities to assess how the transportation needs of older adults are being met. Discusses potential solutions to improve transportation equity in communities. Highlights challenges to accessible transportation in rural areas.
Author(s): Laura Fraade-Blanar, Ryan Best, Regina A. Shih
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Association Between Rural Hospital Service Changes and Community Demographics
Investigates possible differences in service availability by local demographics and examines the association between proportion of a rural community belonging to an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-identified priority population and local hospital service changes. Features statistics on changes in healthcare service availability in nonmetro hospitals from 2011-2017, with breakdowns by areas with greater or smaller percentage of the population that is Hispanic/Latino, Black, aged 65 or greater, or in poverty. Also includes statistics on changes in availability of 8 types of services in nonmetro hospitals from 2011-2017.
Author(s): Tyler L. Malone, Kathleen Knocke, George H. Pink, et al.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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North Dakota Supports Caregivers to Serve Rural Populations
Highlights a program for supporting caregivers in rural North Dakota. Details the efforts to expand support services to rural areas and discusses some of the challenges rural caretakers face.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Innovations from the Field: AAAs Work to Improve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Presents case studies of how seven Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) implemented equity and inclusion efforts within their organizations and through service delivery. Highlights programs serving rural Iowa, Oregon, and New York.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USAging
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The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2020: An Annual Report
Discusses food insecurity rates among Americans age 60 or older. Includes demographics and characteristics of seniors lacking sufficient access to food, and provides trends and state-level information on food insecurity. Features data breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan settings.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): James Ziliak, Craig Gundersen
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2022
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health for older adults across 62 measures using data from 21 unique data sources. Covers social and economic factors, physical environment, clinical care, behaviors, and health outcomes. Highlights health disparities, including rural-urban disparities, across five categories of health. Includes state-by-state summaries and county-level maps for risk of social isolation by state.
Additional links: Maps of Risk of Social Isolation by County
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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Arizona State Plan on Aging 2023 – 2026
Offers a 4-year plan for Arizona's Division of Adult and Aging Services (DAAS) outlining priorities and objectives. Addresses rural and tribal issues throughout, discussing access to quality care, well-being and safety, strengthening the paraprofessional and professional workforce, and enhancing care delivery infrastructure. Includes summaries of needs assessment comments.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Department of Economic Security
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Changes in Hospitalizations and In-Hospital Deaths for Adults Aged 65 Years and Older in the Initial Period of the COVID-19 Pandemic (April-December 2020), 29 States
Presents data from 29 states on the number of all-cause hospitalizations and in-hospital deaths among adults aged 65 years old and over between April–December 2020 and compares this data to statistics from the same period in 2016-2019. Presents data by patient characteristics, including urban-rural status and race/ethnicity. Includes data on the percent of hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19 in 2020.
Author(s): Lawrence D. Reid, Pamela L. Owens
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Tailoring Opioid Overdose Prevention Efforts for Diverse Groups within Tribal and Urban Indian Settings - A Toolkit for Providers and Community Organizations Serving American Indian/Alaska Native Communities
Toolkit features resources and strategies for preventing opioid overdoses in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Features information for AI/AN elders, youth, veterans, and LGBTQ2S+, as well as urban and tribal communities.
Author(s): Danielle Eakins, Maya Magarati, Katie Hess, et al.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Seven Directions - A Center for Indigenous Public Health
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