Risk Factors for Poor Health Among U.S. Older Adults in Rural and Urban Areas: Injury, Food Insecurity, and Lack of Social Support

Publication Date: June 11th, 2024
Publication Type(s): Policy Brief
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Author(s): Jacobson I, Swendener A, Lahr M, Fritz A, and Henning-Smith C

Research on rural-urban health disparities among older adults often focuses on clinical outcomes, providing a limited understanding of overall differences in older adult social, emotional, and physical well-being and safety by rurality. We address this in this brief by examining three risk factors for poor health outcomes: injury, food insecurity, and lack of social and emotional support among older adults by rural-urban residence.

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