older gentlemenA recent study by researchers at Washington State University (WSU) examined healthcare access in rural areas for different age groups. The study’s major finding was that older adults living in very rural settings are less likely to receive available services in health, nutrition and transportation than those living closer to urban centers.

While service disparities between rural and urban older adults have been documented before, these findings distinguish between different levels of rural. The study used data from more than 1,600 adults and their access to services such as meal delivery programs, farmer’s market voucher assistance, various types of in-home care, health management programs, transportation services and many others. The findings were published in The International Journal of Aging and Human Development.

You can read the news story from Washington State University here: https://news.wsu.edu/2020/08/24/biggest-holes-system-rural-elders-receive-fewest-services/