Advancing the Age-Friendly Movement in Rural Communities

Publication Date: February 27th, 2023
Publication Type(s): Peer-reviewed Journal Publications
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Author(s): Henning-Smith C, Lahr M, Loomer L, and MacDougall H

The majority of rural older adults would prefer to age in place and most experience strong social relationships and cohesion within their communities. However, rural older adults also have poorer underlying health status, more limited access to financial resources, and more limited access to care compared to urban older adults. Advancing the age-friendly movement in rural areas requires taking all of these factors into account, and doing so is urgently important as rural areas are aging faster than urban areas, yet are underrepresented in the age-friendly movement. Aging Life Care ManagersĀ® can help to support the age-friendly movement in rural areas by advocating for the needs and interests of their clients, as well as for the broader involvement of rural communities in the age-friendly movement. Further, in order to support older adults in aging in place, thereby increasing the age-friendliness of their communities, Aging Life Care Managers can play an important role in helping their clients access care, services, and supports in rural areas where those are otherwise less available.

A PDF is available by going to the journal homepage (linked below) and downloading the Winter 2022 Volume 32 Issue 2. This particular article can be found on p. 5.Ā 

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