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Resources by Topic: Elderly population

Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Data Dashboard
Dashboard provides data on a variety of population health measures. County level data, including a group of counties defined as rural, are available for topic areas including substance use and misuse; maternal and child health; elderly health; Medicaid enrollment; infectious diseases, cancer, and other health conditions; vaccinations; mortality including suicide; telehealth; and other general population and community health statistics. Includes the DHHS Factbook which reports on the activities of DHHS.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
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Healthy Aging in Rural Towns (HeART) Toolkit
A toolkit for community leaders in rural areas that contains resources to conduct needs-and-assets assessments and develop strategies to strengthen community supports for aging adults. Offers 10 modules focused on planning, data collection and analysis, developing strategies, and building coalition and community support. Contains tips and anecdotes from rural Wisconsin communities who implemented HeART projects. Toolkit is free to download with registration.
Author(s): Sharon Schumacher, Eileen Whalen Partridge, Molly Schwebach, Kim Nolet, Barbara Bowers
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) at the UW-Madison School of Nursing
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Healthy Aging in Rural Towns (HeART)
A project that focuses on strengthening support networks for older adults and their caregivers to promote healthy aging in place in rural Wisconsin. Focuses on pedestrian and home safety, technology training, and partnerships. Includes online resource directories for a few select locations.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) at the UW-Madison School of Nursing
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PubMed Search: Independent Living and Rural Health
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topic of independent living and rural health.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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Community Supports for Rural Aging in Place and Independent Living Topic Guide
Resources and information on home-based services and community supports to support aging in place and independent living in rural communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rides That Save Lives Toolkit: COVID-19 Vaccine Equity for Older People
Provides strategies and best practices to help community organizations, mobility providers, and other partners improve vaccine access for older adults. Includes information to help reach people who are homebound, who no longer drive, have a disability, or lack caregiver support. Also covers how to address concerns about vaccine safety.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Age Friendly Arizona
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Home- and Community-Based Services
Details the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' home- and community-based services (HCBS) and highlights examples of HCBS in tribal communities. Also, discusses transitional care for Native American elders and provides evidence-based models.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Mapping High Risk Areas for COVID-19
An interactive web-based mapping tool focused on identifying priority areas for the COVID-19 pandemic. Offers data on health conditions, demographics, and social determinants that may make a population more vulnerable to COVID-19. Also includes the location of hospitals. Part of the HealthLandscape set of tools.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Community Resilience Estimates
Offers state and county profiles focused on community resilience, the capacity of community members to deal with and recover from a disaster and its related health, social, and economic impacts. Identifies risk factors for households and individuals, such as poverty level, unemployment, language barriers, and health status, and shares the risk factor results by county within each state and by census tract within each county. Also provides access to a supplemental data set focused on social vulnerability and equity.
Additional links: Community Resilience Estimates Equity Supplement (CRE for Equity)
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Map: SNAP Matters to Seniors in Every Community - Metropolitan Areas, Small Towns, and Rural Areas
Interactive county-level map showing the share of all households with seniors ages 60 and above that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Each county is categorized as metropolitan, small town, or rural.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Food Research & Action Center
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