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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.

Key Contact

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
    Type: Resource
  • 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
    Type: Other
  • 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
    Type: Magazine

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