Rural Older Americans: A Unique Cultural Cohort In this article, we will discuss important cultural considerations when providing services to older adults living in rural America. Older adults in rural areas have a unique set of issues when accessing health care, transportation, and social services. These adults typically also have less income than their urban peers, further ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2013
Rural Older Americans: A Unique Cultural Cohort
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  • Mary Beth Mason-Baughman
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA
  • Cynthia Kisiday
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA
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Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   May 01, 2013
Rural Older Americans: A Unique Cultural Cohort
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, May 2013, Vol. 18, 60-68. doi:10.1044/gero18.2.60
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, May 2013, Vol. 18, 60-68. doi:10.1044/gero18.2.60

In this article, we will discuss important cultural considerations when providing services to older adults living in rural America. Older adults in rural areas have a unique set of issues when accessing health care, transportation, and social services. These adults typically also have less income than their urban peers, further impacting quality of life and aging. Service providers in rural America also face unique challenges when compared to their urban counterparts, we will discuss the perspectives of both. We will conclude by sharing recommendations for practicing with greater cultural fluency and overcoming barriers in geriatric service delivery in rural settings.

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