Community

Combining community-based action with national advocacy

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

LOCAL/COMMUNITY-BASED

Solving the disparate problems around rural aging will require tailored, community-based strategies and programs leveraging public and private knowledge, resources, and innovation.

Rural Health in America: How Shifting Populations Leave People Behind

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation published new infographics on urbanization and the impact on rural America. People are leaving rural America for urban and suburban areas. Rural counties that gain in population are reclassified as urban. Only 20% of Americans live in rural areas, which accounts for 97% of the land mass.

Lonely No More: Decreasing social isolation in rural seniors

The Lonely No More Project will strengthen and expand social connections of over 200 rural seniors by improving opportunities for participation in existing social support networks and building new social support networks using teleconference calls to facilitate elder circles of peer support.

A how-to kit for safer walking

Now seniors, groups and local leaders have a great resource for making their neighborhoods more walkable. AARP’s Walk Audit Tool Kit offers step-by-step instructions.

Mayors weigh in on livable communities

The goal of creating livable communities begins with a local effort. AARP interviews mayors and managers to find out why.

Maximizing the life radius

The Blue Zones Project® is focused on optimizing where people live, shop and socialize. The goal: To promote healthier living for the long-term.

Opioid Toolkit for Communities in Crisis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has designed a toolkit for communities struggling with opioid addiction. The toolkit focuses on 7 key areas to restore hope and encourage healing.

Keeping a pulse on America’s health

The National Quality Forum provides a wealth of statistics on our nation’s health and healthcare problem areas. It features indices on heart disease, obesity, and more.

Ensuring livable communities for all

Communities throughout the America face the challenge of serving and supporting the growing aging population. The n4a discusses how to improve quality of life for elders and ten strategies for making communities more livable for all ages.

Using art to spark connection

The Jewish Family & Children’s Service, along with university student volunteers, offer a Memory Café for those with and without dementia. The monthly gathering offers attendees the change to socialize, relax and learn from a guest artist.

AMP promotes senior well-being

The Aging Mastery Program®(AMP) helps millions of seniors navigate their retirement years with greater stability, peace-of-mind, and connection to their communities. The AMP store offers a Starter Kit and informational materials to get seniors on the right path.

STATE/REGIONAL/NATIONAL

Ideas, advances, and best practices must be shared at the state, regional, and national levels to enable widespread adoption. Advocates will need to come together to initiate, steer, and support appropriate policy change.

Rural Health in America: How Shifting Populations Leave People Behind

The National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation published new infographics on urbanization and the impact on rural America. People are leaving rural America for urban and suburban areas. Rural counties that gain in population are reclassified as urban. Only 20% of Americans live in rural areas, which accounts for 97% of the land mass.

Social isolation and its costs

In a recent event, the AARP explores the impact of social isolation. This problem not only affects seniors’ health, but also drives up healthcare costs.

Funding for rural health

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides funding for rural health initiatives. Financial support is available for opioid response, rural health care outreach, and more.

Latest updates on Rural Health Policy

The HRSA website is updated regularly with policy updates on rural health across America.

Aging, re-imagined

Writer Joseph F. Coughlin explores the four pillars that will help seniors live happier, healthier lives in the future: Activities, Intensity, Density and Accessibility.

Integrating Aging into Grantmaking

As more people live longer and healthier lives, it’s critical for communities to incorporate aging into funding portfolios. Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) offers a helpful Guide that includes step-by-step advice, resources, and more.

GIA offers an all-in-one resource

Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) is focused on improving the experience of aging in America. It’s a comprehensive resource for government agencies seeking information on rural aging, grantmaking, and more.

Perspectives on expanding the use of telehealth

The recently-passed Bipartisan Budget Act includes several policy provisions that support telehealth and open the door to remote patient monitoring. The Healthcare Leadership Council offers its POV on the legislation, including why the barriers to telemedicine must be removed.

Become a healthy aging resource for policymakers

Current policy debates have a significant impact on healthy aging programs across America. This webinar from the National Council on Aging (ncoa) provides updates as well as strategies for keeping Congress in-the-know.

Rural aging, from national crisis to movement

Today, approximately 25 percent of Americans 65 and older live in rural towns. In this video, Senator Chuck Grassley addresses the challenges of healthcare, social isolation, and the need for solutions in these areas.

Treating the rural opioid epidemic

Abuse of opioids has become at top public health issue in the past decade, and its effects on rural communities cannot be understated. There are several treatment of opportunities to remedy this problem across smalls towns in America.