As the population over the age of 65 continues to grow, both in the state and nationally, the Center for Rural Health works to address issues of aging in rural and tribal communities. Our staff:
- Work to ensure access to healthcare and support services in communities.
- Research the availability of services for aging populations.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of innovative services for individuals with dementia.
- Provide culturally appropriate information and training to assist in the prevention of elder abuse and increase quality of life for elders in tribal communities.
The Center for Rural Health’s Rural Health Information Hub lists additional rural aging information and resources.
Collette Adamsen, MPA - Project Coordinator
Most Recent Publications
Rural Health Research RECAP: Rural Communities: Age, Income, and Health Status
While studies discuss the implications of income or age on health-seeking behavior, health status, access, or utilization of care, it is imperative to recognize what this means for older and lower-income rural communities. This recap identifies rural disparities in age, health status, and income.Author(s): Schroeder, S.
Date: November 2018
Type: Fact Sheet
Standardized Dental Screening for New Nursing Home Residents: A Promising Practice Guide
This guide provides a template for nursing home administrators and dental professionals to help ensure all nursing home residents, upon admission, have dental screenings done by dental professionals.Author(s): Schroeder, S., Fix, N.
Date: April 2018
Education, Income, and Employment and Prevalence of Chronic Disease Among American Indian/Alaska Native Elders
Chronic disease studies have omitted analyses of the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population, relied on small samples of AI/ANs, or focused on a single disease among AI/ANs. We measured the influence of income, employment status, and education level on the prevalence of chronic disease among 14,632 AI/AN elders.Author(s): Adamsen, C., Schroeder, S., LeMire, S., Carter, P.
Publication: Preventing Chronic Disease, 15(E37)
Date: March 2018
Type: Journal Article
Disrespect of Our Elders: Elder Abuse in Indian Country
This Research to Practice series examines the fact that little research data exists involving American Indian and Alaska Native elder abuse and neglect. It makes recommendations for practice and policy when working with American Indians and Alaska Natives.Author(s): Gray, J.
Date: November 2017
Aging in Place
A new initiative is building capacity for Native American elders to live at home longer. The Native Aging in Place Project (NAPP) provides resources and training for caregivers to help their family members stay in their homes as they age.Author(s): Massmann, N.
Publication: North Dakota Medicine, 42(1), 20-21
Date: March 2017
Most Recent Presentations
- Data Use and Development
Presented by Adamsen, C., Hudgins, K. on Aug 15, 2018 at the 2018 National Title VI Training and Technical Assistance Conference, Marriott Marquis, Washington, D.C
- Challenges and Solutions to Accessing Data that Benefits Tribal Communities
Presented by Adamsen, C., Ward, C. on Jul 30, 2018 at the n4a 43rd Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Chicago, Illinois
- Underserved Populations: Urban American Indians and Alaska Native Elders
Presented by Adamsen, C. on Jun 26, 2018 at the 2018 National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) Annual Leadership Conference, Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Virginia
- Data Use and Development - Identifying Our Needs: A Survey of Elders
Presented by Adamsen, C. on Jun 14, 2018 at the Title VI Tulsa Oklahoma Cluster Training, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Community Needs Assessment - Data for Action
Presented by Adamsen, C. on Jun 05, 2018 at the National Congress of American Indians 2018 Med-Year Conference & Marketplace, Kansas City, Missouri