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Resources by Topic: Elderly population

Meeting the Health and Social Needs of LGBTQ+ Older Adults Through Medicaid
Brief describing the unique healthcare needs for older LGBTQ+ adults. Discusses health outcome disparities, discrimination, intersectionality, barriers to care, and the challenges for rural residents. Offers recommendations for improving outcomes for older, Medicaid-enrolled LGBTQ+ adults in California.
Author(s): Matthew Phan, Carrie Graham, Torshira Moffet, Jason Flatt
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Caring for Rural Communities in the Geriatric ED
Webinar recording discussing care for older patients in rural emergency departments. Includes information on rural specific challenges and innovative rural programs. Transcript available within the video playback.
Additional links: Chat Notes, Slide Deck
Date: 08/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: The Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative
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Nonfatal and Fatal Falls Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years — United States, 2020–2021
Reports on older adults who reported falling, as well as unintentional fall-related death rates among older adults. Includes data for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas.
Author(s): Ramakrishna Kakara, Gwen Bergen, Elizabeth Burns, Mark Stevens
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 72(35), 938-943
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Ensuring Age-Friendly Public Health in Rural Communities: Challenges, Opportunities, and Model Programs
Discusses the components of age-friendly environments and how to support public health efforts that improve the lives of aging residents in rural areas. Provides data related to rural technology access, rural versus urban poverty rates and healthcare provider workforce, and county-level U.S. maps of percentage of population aged 65 or older and rural versus urban majority communities. Includes innovations and recommendations for age-friendly public health systems.
Author(s): M. Aaron Guest, Megan Wolfe, Karon Phillips, Jane Hook
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2021 Data: Older Population
National data on traffic crashes involving drivers age 65 and older. Features statistics from 2012-2021 with breakdowns by sex, age group, blood alcohol concentrations, state, and rural or urban location.
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Palliative Care Needs and Preferences of Older Adults with Advanced or Serious Chronic Illnesses and their Families in Rural Communities of Indiana, USA
Presents the experiences of caregivers in rural Indiana related to palliative care, the needs of older adults with chronic illnesses, and the impacts on their families. Discusses themes such as managing pain, caregiver trust, distance and access to care, managing difficult conversations, caregiver burden, and use of telehealth in rural areas.
Author(s): Nasreen Lalani, Kawther Hamash, Yitong Wang
Citation: The Journal of Rural Health
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
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Meals on Wheels and Rural Communities, with Carter Florence and Shon Gress
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast featuring Carter Florence, DrPH, MPH, Vice President of Programs with Meals on Wheels America, and Shon Gress, CEO and Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Guernsey County. Focuses on the benefits of the program, the impact of braided funding, and how rural stakeholders can get involved.
Date: 08/2023
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Forums as Amplifiers of Communities' Voices: Isolated Communities in Puerto Rico
Highlights a study on health-related issues in isolated communities in Puerto Rico. Utilizes a community forum to identify health-related issues, such as primary care and mental health access, social determinants of health, emergency preparedness, and COVID-19 vaccinations, among other measures.
Author(s): Yashira M. Sánchez Colón, Edna Acosta Pérez, Mayra L. Roubert Rivera, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(14), 6335
Date: 07/2023
Type: Document
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Rural Social Isolation, with Carrie Henning-Smith
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast featuring Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, Deputy Director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center. Focuses on rural social isolation, the negative effects it has on wellness, and how it can be mitigated.
Date: 07/2023
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Arkansas State Plan on Aging: Fiscal Years 2024-2027
Provides direction for long-term care efforts in the state of Arkansas. Focuses on implementation of the Older American Act (OAA), COVID-19 recovery, equity, access to home and community-based services, and caregiving infrastructure. Highlights population data on rural Arkansas citizens and rural-specific priorities.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Department of Human Services
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