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Resources by Topic: Elderly population

Policy Goals to Support the Healthcare Workforce in Healthy Aging Communities
Report describing a research project funded by the New Mexico Department of Health that examines behavioral healthcare workforce needs and the growing elderly population in rural Grant, Sierra, Socorro, Catron, and Valencia counties. Presents key points from discussions with project participants, including professionals in health promotion, hospital, community health centers, local government, and educational institutions. Offers policy goals related to regional services, economic planning, and expansion of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursable services.
Author(s): Susan Wilger, Anne Hayes Egan, Alexis Brandt, Micaela Imar de la Rosa
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Innovation
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Health Conditions and an Older Population Increase COVID-19 Risks in Rural America
Examines the influence of age and pre-existing health conditions on the likelihood of hospitalization or death from COVID-19 infection in rural America. Compares COVID-19 case rates and deaths by metropolitan status. Includes county-level maps on estimated risks among those infected with COVID-19 and current incidence.
Author(s): Kenneth M. Johnson
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Rural-Urban Differences among Older Adults
Chartbook describing characteristics of older adults in rural counties, and differences in demographics, socioeconomic characteristics, healthcare access and use, and health characteristics among urban and rural older adults. Features statistics including veteran status, racial and ethnic composition, percentage of older adults living alone, financial insecurity, health plan enrollment, health conditions, and disability status.
Author(s): Cody Tuttle, Jill Tanem, Megan Lahr, et al.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Living at Home in Rural America: Improving Accessibility for Older Adults and People with a Disability
Information on current federal resources, programs, and initiatives intended to improve home safety and accessibility for rural older adults and people with disabilities. Supports the Rural Health Strategy, launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2018 to improve health care in rural America by leveraging partnerships on the federal, regional, state, and local levels.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Age and Aging in Rural America
Discusses results from the Census and American Community Survey (ACS), highlighting the older and aging population of rural communities in the U.S. Provides maps showing county-level data from 2018, with information on median age and percent of population belonging to various age groups.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Assessment of Racial Disparities in Mortality Rates Among Older Adults Living in US Rural vs Urban Counties From 1968 to 2016
Study using CDC WONDER data from 3,131 counties over a 49-year period. Features statistics on adjusted and unadjusted mortality rates among people 65 years and older, with breakdowns by race, gender, and urban, rural adjacent, and rural nonadjacent locations.
Author(s): Nasim B. Ferdows, Maria P. Aranda, Julie A. Baldwin, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(8)
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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Rural Health and COVID-19
Information to help hospital and health system emergency planners and state and local public health emergency planners understand the challenges rural communities face related to COVID-19. Addresses issues facing healthcare facilities and those related to at-risk residents. Includes proposed solutions and mitigation steps.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
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Rural Social Isolation and Loneliness: Rates, Importance, and Identifying Risk
Three-part webinar recording discussing loneliness and isolation in rural areas before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Part one details isolation rates and risk assessment; part two highlights programs working to make connections with the aging rural populations during the pandemic; and part three explores community building and grief support during COVID-19.
Additional links: Session Three: Rural but Reachable: How to Build Grief Support by Creating Community, Session Two: The Evolving Nature of Social Connections: Promoting Well-Being in Times of Crisis
Date: 07/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
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Elder Abuse and Grandparent Abuse
Presentation slides from the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative on elder abuse and grandparents raising grandchildren in Native American communities. Describes spiritual, cultural, and language considerations for responding to cases of abuse or neglect, including specific ways that hospitals can meet the needs of abused Native American elders. Offers census data on households in which grandparents raise grandchildren, including age and income characteristics and factors leading to grandparents caring for grandchildren. Includes a document outlining the needs and capacity of grandparents to take on a custodial role for children.
Additional links: Grandparent Preparedness Checklist
Author(s): Jacqueline Gray
Date: 07/2020
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
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Trends in Nonfatal Falls and Fall-Related Injuries Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years — United States, 2012–2018
Examines nonfatal falls and fall-related injuries among adults 65 and older by age group and demographic characteristics, including urban or rural location. Data is provided by age group for ages 65-74, 75-84, and 85 and older.
Author(s): Briana Moreland, Ramakrishna Kakara, Ankita Henry
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(27), 875-881
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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