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Resources by Topic: Elderly population

Stranded: Bridging the Transportation Gap for Rural Communities
Discusses the transportation gap for older, disabled, and lower-income people in rural communities. Highlights some of the challenges of accessing transportation services in rural communities and offers some steps toward closing the gap.
Author(s): Valerie Lefler
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP
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There's No Place Like Home: Rural Home Health and Hospice Care in Washington State, a Discussion of Challenges and Solutions
Provides an overview of home health and hospice services in rural Washington state. Identifies rural areas and offers information on aging rural populations within the state. Discusses challenges and potential solutions to meeting the needs of rural aging populations in Washington.
Author(s): Patricia Justis
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Office
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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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Evaluating a Training Program for Rural Doctors and Nursing Home Staff on Safe Medicine Use for Patients with Dementia and Nursing Home Residents
Investigates whether a training program for healthcare providers in 29 rural counties in Iowa affected medication use by patients age 66 or older. Includes data and statistics on outpatients with dementia and nursing home residents, with information on age, sex, chronic disease, medication use, and more.
Author(s): Ryan Carnahan, Grant Brown, Marianne Smith, et al.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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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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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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Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Resource Guide
Provides an overview of elder abuse in rural and tribal communities as presented during a summit event hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice's Elder Justice Initiative on November 14-15, 2018. Includes statistical data on impacts of elder abuse in rural settings and links to toolkits, federal resources, and community outreach resources. Supplemental document contains speaker presentation slides.
Additional links: Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Summit Materials
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Justice
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