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Resources by Topic: Elderly population

California's Behavioral Health Services Workforce is Inadequate for Older Adults
Describes gaps in California's behavioral health workforce that serves older adults and offers recommendations for addressing them. Highlights the impact of the Workforce Education and Training (WET) funding on the state's public mental health system. Discusses the behavioral health needs of older adults, the number and distribution of the state's behavioral health workforce, and workforce challenges, particularly for rural areas.
Author(s): Janet C. Frank, Kathryn G. Kietzman, Alina Palimaru
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
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Perceived Benefits of Peer Support Groups for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers in Rural North Carolina
Describes the experiences of stroke survivors and caregivers in four rural North Carolina counties who participated in peer support groups. Findings based on four focus groups with 32 participants, who were predominantly non-Hispanic, white, and female, with an average age of 67.
Author(s): Erin R. Christensen, Shannon L. Golden, Sabina B. Gesell
Citation: North Carolina Medical Journal, 80(3), 143-148
Date: 2019
Type: Document
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Aging in Appalachia
Episodes of the radio program "Inside Appalachia," exploring challenges faced by elderly people in Appalachia, and the resources available to them. Topics include caregiver shortages, Alzheimer's disease, dying with dignity, and isolation and loneliness.
Date: 2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: West Virginia Public Broadcasting
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Support and Sabotage: A Qualitative Study of Social Influences on Health Behaviors among Rural Adults
Examines the impact of social relationships on health behavior adoption and maintenance by interviewing midlife and older adults in rural Montana at increased risk of chronic disease. Addresses family and peer influences on diet, physical activity, and tobacco use.
Author(s): Urshila Sriram, Emily H. Morgan, Meredith L. Graham, Sara C. Folta, Rebecca A. Seguin
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 34(1), 88-97
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
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Assessment of Dietary Patterns, Physical Activity and Obesity from a National Survey: Rural-Urban Health Disparities in Older Adults
Examines the association between rural-urban status, physical activity, consumption of fruits and vegetables, and obesity prevalence in older adults by analyzing data derived from respondents aged 65 and above from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
Author(s): Steven A. Cohen, Mary L. Greaney, Natalie J. Sabik
Citation: PLoS One, 13(12)
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
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Disparities in Social Determinants of Health Outcomes and Behaviours Between Older Adults in Alaska and the Contiguous US: Evidence from a National Survey
Examines sociodemographic factors, rural versus urban residence, health outcomes, and behaviors among adults aged 65 years and older living in Alaska to those living in the contiguous 48 states. Assesses if residence, living in Alaska versus the lower 48 states, is associated with the social determinants of health and health outcomes.
Author(s): Steven A. Cohen, Ana X. Talamas, Natalie J. Sabik
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 78(1)
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
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For California's Rural Seniors, Improving Oral Health Care Could Mean Better Health
Highlights data on California's oral health needs for rural seniors, how those needs can impact other health conditions, and offers recommendations for policymakers.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Families USA
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Factors Associated with Depression Detection in a New Hampshire Mental Health Outreach Program
Presents a study on the accuracy of depression detection in older adults in New Hampshire. Compares a number of demographic factors, such as age, gender, and rural status, among others.
Author(s): Angela R. Ghesquiere, Renée Pepin, Jennifer Kinsey, et al.
Citation: Aging and Mental Health, 22(11), 1471-1476
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
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Update: Rural/Urban Disparities in Pneumococcal Vaccine Service Delivery Among the Fee-for-Service Medicare Population, 2012-2015
Updated report on a study to identify disparities in vaccine provision to people ages 65 and over, and to assess the impact of pharmacies as alternate site providers in rural areas. Revised version specifically assesses the uptake of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, in response to the revised vaccination recommendations issued in 2014. Includes statistics on pneumococcal vaccine services provided by fee-for-service pharmacies and primary care providers, with breakdowns by rural and urban frequency, and state-level maps with rate of service delivery per eligible population, using 2014 and 2015 data.
Author(s): Joseph C. Vanghelof, Aric Schadler, Patricia R. Freeman, Jeffery C. Talbert
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Surveillance among American Indians in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah
Provides a snapshot of traumatic brain injuries for Native Americans in Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. Includes breakdowns by gender, age group, and cause, where data is available. Identifies action items for tribes, public health workers, and individuals.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, American Indian Research Center for Health
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