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Resources by Topic: Elderly population

Adults Using Long Term Services and Supports: Population and Service Use Trends in Maine, State Fiscal Year 2014
A chartbook discussing demographic trends regarding disability, poverty, housing, work status, and other useful characteristics about adults and elders living in Maine who have used nursing facilities, residential care, or home and community-based services during the fiscal year 2014. Provides some county-level data and discussion of rural differences.
Author(s): Kimberly I. Snow, Tina Gressani, Louise Olsen, et al.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Catherine Cutler Institute
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Aging Well in the 21st Century: Strategic Directions for Research on Aging
Outlines the priorities of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Goal F focuses on improving the health status of older adults in diverse populations, including rural older adults.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Institute on Aging
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Rural Disabled Medicare Beneficiaries Spend More Out-of-Pocket Than Their Urban Counterparts
Analyzes differences in healthcare out-of-pocket spending, supplemental coverage, and spending by type of service between rural and urban Medicare beneficiaries. Also examines rural-urban differences for Medicare beneficiaries who qualify based on disability status.
Author(s): Erika C. Ziller, Jennifer D. Lenardson, Andrew F. Coburn
Date: 11/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Senior Housing and Services: Challenges and Opportunities in Rural America
Summary report of a panel of housing and health experts convened to discuss needs, barriers, and experiences with aging in place, and feasibility of programs to support independence for rural seniors. Includes discussion of emerging trends and potential service models.
Date: 10/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Process Evaluation of Older Americans Act Title III-C Nutrition Services Program
Describes a program designed to provide daily meals and nutrition services to older people with economic or social needs, targeting low-income minorities and people in rural areas. Features statistics including organizational structure of Area Agencies on Aging and Local Service Providers, with breakdowns by urban, suburban, rural, and frontier locations.
Author(s): James Mabli, Nicholas Redel, Rhoda Cohen, et al.
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Community Living, Mathematica Policy Research
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Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs Evaluation: Meal Cost Analysis
Gives average costs of congregate and home-delivered meals provided by the Nutrition Services Programs and explores whether costs vary by how meals are prepared or by other program characteristics. Includes statistics with breakdowns by urban, suburban, or rural or frontier service areas.
Author(s): Jessica Ziegler, Nicholas Redel, Linda Rosenberg, Barbara Carlson
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Community Living, Mathematica Policy Research
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Contributing Factors to American Indian/ Alaskan Native Elders' Quality of Life
Analyzes reported rates of hearing loss and oral health of American Indians and Alaska Natives over time.
Author(s): Laine Lyons, Melissa Wheeler, Jacqueline S. Gray, et al.
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Native American Elder Justice Initiative
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Telephone-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telephone-Delivered Nondirective Supportive Therapy for Rural Older Adults With Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial
Analyzes therapy provided over the phone and its impact on symptoms of anxiety and depression among aging populations in rural areas that lack mental health services.
Author(s): Gretchen A. Brenes, Suzanne C. Danhauer, Mary F. Lyles, Patricia E. Hogan, Michael E. Miller
Citation: JAMA Psychiatry, 72(10), 1012-1020
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
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Telepsychiatry for Neurocognitive Testing in Older Rural Latino Adults
Examines two methods of neurocognitive assessments, telepsychiatry and in-person, using the same Spanish-language battery for testing to determine whether they are comparable among Spanish-speaking older adults in a rural setting. Includes telepsychiatry and in-person assessment data by education, acculturation, health literacy, depression, and a mini mental state exam.
Author(s): Ipsit V. Vahia, Bernardo Ng, Alvaro Camacho, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23(7), 666-670
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
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Older Americans Act: Updated Information on Unmet Need for Services
Examines older adults' reported need for home and community-based services and the potential unmet need for these services. Includes metropolitan and non-metropolitan data on food insecurity and receipt of congregate and home-delivered meals.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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