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.
Most Recent Publications
NICOA Solidifying Partnerships with Local Tribes, Programs
National Indian Council on Aging executive director visits with Center for Rural Health staff and local tribes to learn firsthand about programs to help Native American elders.Author(s): Haugen, B.
Publication: Focus on Rural Health
Date: August 2019
NRCNAA: Supporting Those Who Stand in the Gap for Native Elders
Native service providers say the National Resource Center on Native American Aging helps them secure resources, guides their interventions, and fosters collaboration.Project: National Resource Center on Native American Aging
Author(s): Herting, A., Adamsen, C.
Date: April 2019
Type: Fact Sheet
Trauma Caused by Injury or Abuse in Late Life: Experiences, Impacts, and the Federal Response
Discussion paper identifying resources that work to prevent injury and abuse in elders and help those who have experienced these tragedies deal with their ramifications.Project: National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
Author(s): Iyengar, V., Link, G., Beatty, P., Boel, M., Crockett, C., DiCocco, C., Fink, D., Gray, J., LaCounte, C., Miller, A., Phillippi, M., Skowronski, S., Twomey, M., Williams, T.
Publication: National Academy of Medicine
Date: January 2019
Type: Journal Article
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.Project: Rural Health Research Gateway
Author(s): Schroeder, S.
Date: November 2018
Type: Fact Sheet
Custody of Grandchildren: Information for Grandparents
When grandparents are considering having custody of grandchildren, many things should be considered and this guide outlines those considerations.Project: National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
Date: July 2018
Most Recent Presentations
- Elderly Maltreatment in Rural Communities and Indian Country: How Is It Different?
Presented by Gray, J. on Oct 20, 2020 at the Virginia Legal Aid Conference, Webinar
- Preliminary Results of the Native Elder Maltreatment Survey (NEMS)
Presented by Gray, J. on Sep 30, 2020 at the Indigenous Research Collaborative to End Violence, Webinar
- Elder Abuse and Grandparent Abuse
Presented by Gray, J. on Jul 30, 2020 at the Shoshone Bannock Tribe, Webinar
- Benefits of Developing Interdisciplinary Teams and Working with Rural Communities to Conduct Research with a Local Impact
Presented by Schroeder, S., Ruthig, J., Hand, L., Sanner-Stiehr, E., Heitkamp, T. on Oct 14, 2019 at the WONCA World Rural Health Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Spiritual Abuse Among American Indian Elderly
Presented by Gray, J., Wheeler, M. on Aug 09, 2019 at the 2019 American Psychological Association Convention, Chicago, Illinois