Rural Aging

Each day more than 10,000 Americans turn age 65, and 1 in 4 American seniors lives in a small town or rural area. These communities often lack the services, resources, activities, connectivity, and infrastructure of their more urban counterparts, which is contributing to deep disparaties in health and quality of life.


Social Isolation

Social isolation–which may afflict up to 43% of older adults–is a greater health risk than obesity or smoking, often leading to heart disease, stroke, dementia, and disability.

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The majority of older people want to age in place, but a shortage of safe, affordable housing, transportation options, broadband internet, and other rural infrastructure can make it difficult to remain at home.

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Many rural seniors lack access to fresh food or have difficulty preparing meals at home. A poor diet can lead them to suffer the physical impairments of someone 14 years older.

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Healthcare & Social Services

Obtaining adequate healthcare and in-home support is particularly challenging in rural communities, where there are 30% fewer physicians and seniors are less likely to have family nearby.

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Rural aging challenges are unique to each community and require a locally tailored response. Broader idea sharing and collaborative action will boost success nationwide.

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