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.
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.
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.