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Resources by Topic: Elderly population

Unmet Need for Personal Care Assistance among Rural and Urban Older Adults
Policy brief exploring the unmet need for personal care help across 11 activities, such as self-care, household chores, and mobility-related tasks, with breakdowns by urban and rural location.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Zhengtian Wu, Megan Lahr
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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The Health Care Costs of Financial Exploitation in Maine
Provides a poster summarizing the results of a study of dual eligible older adults in Maine who had substantiated allegations of elder financial exploitation. Identifies a higher portion of this group living in rural areas and estimates costs to Medicare and Medicaid.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Older Americans Act: HHS Could Help Rural Service Providers by Centralizing Information on Promising Practices
Focuses on services and resources authorized by the Older Americans Act to help older adults age in place in rural communities. Addresses challenges accessing home and community-based services in rural areas and information on strategies for addressing those challenges. Covers home-delivered meals, congregate meals, transportation, family caregiver services, case management, and homemaker services. Research included interviews with ACL officials, rural area agencies on aging (AAA) in 8 states, rural health experts, and stakeholder groups; a literature review; and site visits.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services Meeting Summary, Sacramento, California, April 3-5, 2019
Summarizes the 85th meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS), which was held in Sacramento, California. Presents an overview of national and state perspectives on the meeting's two areas of focus: rural cancer prevention and control and supportive services for older adults.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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An Evaluation Report: Senior Food-Assistance, Related Programming, and Seniors' Experiences Across the Feeding America Network
Discusses characteristics of 17 food bank programs in rural and urban areas of 9 states, through interviews, observations, and document reviews. Examines challenges faced by food-insecure rural seniors, and profiles food-assistance programs in rural areas of Montana, Alabama, and Minnesota.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Edward A. Frongillo, Andrea M. Warren
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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2018 Transportation Trends
Identifies issues affecting the availability of accessible transportation for older adults and people with disabilities. Includes examples of programs underway in rural and frontier areas to address transportation needs.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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The Opioid Prescribing Rate and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: State and County Level Analysis
Study highlights the relationship between grandparents raising children and the opioid crisis. Compares American Community Survey data from 2012-2016 with CDC 2016 Opioid Prescribing data. The State and County Level Analysis Poster presents a summary of the study, as well as state and county-level data and maps.
Additional links: State and County Level Analysis Poster
Author(s): Lydia Anderson
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Rural-Urban Variation in Weight Loss Recommendations Among US Older Adults with Arthritis and Obesity
Analyzes 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data to identify rural and urban differences in the number of older adults with obesity and arthritis who received weight loss recommendations (WLR) from healthcare providers. Includes data from 5 states on WLR receipt according to age, sex, education, race/ethnicity, income, and population density.
Author(s): Mary Greaney, Steven Cohen, Christie Ward-Ritacco, Deborah Riebe
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(6), 946
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
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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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