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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
Program Director

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
    Type: Article
  • 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
    Author(s): NIEJI
    Date: July 2018
    Type: Resource

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