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Community Supports for Rural Aging in Place and Independent Living – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Community Supports for Rural Aging in Place and Independent Living.

Demographics and Disability Status of Adults Living Alone in Rural Areas
Policy brief examining differences in age and disability status of people who live alone in rural and urban areas. Describes health impacts of living alone and explores American Community Survey (ACS) data from 2014-2018 to represent demographic characteristics and prevalence of disabilities for rural and urban adults living alone.
Author(s): Jonathan Schroeder, Carrie Henning-Smith, Mariana Tuttle
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Strategies for Helping Older Adults and People with Disabilities Access COVID-19 Vaccines
Offers examples and promising practices for states, municipalities, community-based organizations, and others working to ensure that older adults and people with disabilities can receive COVID-19 vaccines. Discusses outreach and education, facilitating vaccine appointments, vaccine site accessibility and accommodations, and mobile vaccination programs.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Community Living
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How ACL's Disability and Aging Network is Advancing Vaccination Efforts
Provides an overview of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) grant programs for people with disabilities and older adults. Describes examples of vaccine-related activities for each program that can support COVID-19 vaccine access.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Community Living
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Meeting the Needs of Older Adults Living in Rural Communities: The Roles of Area Agencies on Aging
Presents results from the 2019 National Survey of Area Agencies on Aging. Describes the role of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in serving older adults in rural communities. Compares the organizational structure, services and programs offered, budget, and workforce of rural and non-rural AAAs.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
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State Disability Maps
Interactive maps displaying state- and county-level data on disability prevalence and participation rates in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) programs among adults aged 18 to 64.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Mathematica
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Social Isolation and Loneliness in Rural Communities and the Role of Cross-Sector Partnerships
Discussion with Carrie Henning-Smith around social isolation and loneliness in rural communities and obstacles to address these issues. Profiles how two Minnesota communities took steps to improve accessibility and social cohesion. Describes how cross-sector partnerships can promote an equitable recovery of rural communities after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Build Healthy Places Network
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Ensuring Contact: Calling Rural Appalachian Older Adults During the COVID-19 Epidemic
Presents a study on the well-being and healthcare needs of socially isolated adults 75 years and older during the COVID-19 pandemic in rural West Virginia. Bases conclusions on telephone interviews with seniors from April 1-22, 2020. Breaks down data by demographic characteristics, mental and physical health conditions, and comfort with different forms of communication technology, among other factors.
Author(s): Robert B Walker, Michael Grome, William Rollyson, Adam D Baus
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 21, 6122
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Title VI Native American Aging Programs and Services
Infographic summarizing results of a survey of Title VI Native American aging program directors on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their programs and communities. Provides information on the needs of Native American elders during the pandemic, expanded or new services offered by Title VI programs, and workforce concerns.
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Miami University Scripps Gerontology Center, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
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Population with Disabilities for Nonmetropolitan Counties
Printable map that shows the percent of population with disabilities nationwide by county. Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates, 2015-2019.
Date: 2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Modernizing Demand-Responsive Transportation for the Age of New Mobility
Provides an overview of demand-responsive transportation (DRT) and its role in supporting people with disabilities, older adults, people with lower incomes, and rural residents. Explores how a new data specification, the transactional data specification (TDS), can be used to modernize DRT services. Presents case studies of systems adopting TDS, including ITNAmerica, a national transportation network serving older adults in rural communities, and a pilot program in rural Oregon. Offers recommendations to policymakers and stakeholders to promote wide-scale adoption of TDS by DRT providers.
Author(s): Jana Lynott
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP Public Policy Institute
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Last Updated: 4/27/2021