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Resources by Topic: Elderly population

The State of Rural Wisconsin Health
Presentation slides highlight the state of rural health in Wisconsin. Explores Wisconsin's rural economy, job growth, and workforce challenges, among other factors.
Author(s): Tim Size
Date: 06/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
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In Support of Family Caregivers: A Snapshot of Five States
Examines policies developed in Washington State, Minnesota, Hawaii, Tennessee, and Maine to support family caregivers, including those in rural areas. Features demographic characteristics of the states profiled, state expenditures by the Administration for Community Living in FY2016 on older adults and caregivers, and data on state Medicaid policies affecting these groups.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Jennifer Aufill, Julia Burgdorf, Jennifer Wolff
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Milbank Memorial Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation
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Unmet Need for Personal Care Assistance among Rural and Urban Older Adults
Policy brief exploring the unmet need for personal care help across 11 activities, such as self-care, household chores, and mobility-related tasks, with breakdowns by urban and rural location.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Zhengtian Wu, Megan Lahr
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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The Health Care Costs of Financial Exploitation in Maine
Provides a poster summarizing the results of a study of dual eligible older adults in Maine who had substantiated allegations of elder financial exploitation. Identifies a higher portion of this group living in rural areas and estimates costs to Medicare and Medicaid.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Older Americans Act: HHS Could Help Rural Service Providers by Centralizing Information on Promising Practices
Focuses on services and resources authorized by the Older Americans Act to help older adults age in place in rural communities. Addresses challenges accessing home and community-based services in rural areas and information on strategies for addressing those challenges. Covers home-delivered meals, congregate meals, transportation, family caregiver services, case management, and homemaker services. Research included interviews with ACL officials, rural area agencies on aging (AAA) in 8 states, rural health experts, and stakeholder groups; a literature review; and site visits.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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The State of Senior Hunger in America 2017
Documents the rate of food insecurity among U.S. residents age 60 and over. Features demographics and characteristics of the senior population lacking access to sufficient food and shows state-level variation in food insecurity. Includes statistics with breakdowns by metro and nonmetro locations
Author(s): James P. Ziliak, Craig Gundersen
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey Chartbook
Presents data form the American Community Survey for Appalachia from 2013-2017. Details data pertaining to health insurance coverage, transportation, and internet access, among other measures.
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services Meeting Summary, Sacramento, California, April 3-5, 2019
Summarizes the 85th meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS), which was held in Sacramento, California. Presents an overview of national and state perspectives on the meeting's two areas of focus: rural cancer prevention and control and supportive services for older adults.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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An Evaluation Report: Senior Food-Assistance, Related Programming, and Seniors' Experiences Across the Feeding America Network
Discusses characteristics of 17 food bank programs in rural and urban areas of 9 states, through interviews, observations, and document reviews. Examines challenges faced by food-insecure rural seniors, and profiles food-assistance programs in rural areas of Montana, Alabama, and Minnesota.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Edward A. Frongillo, Andrea M. Warren
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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2018 Transportation Trends
Identifies issues affecting the availability of accessible transportation for older adults and people with disabilities. Includes examples of programs underway in rural and frontier areas to address transportation needs.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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