ERIC Number: ED153130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct
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Delivering Human Services to the Rural Elderly: Implications From Research.
Kerckhoff, Richard K.; Coward, Raymond T.
Consistent with the national population growth pattern for nonmetropolitan areas, demographers have identified a significant shift in the residence of persons 65 years or older. In conjunction with an increased awareness of the discrepancy between the availability of human services for the elderly in urban and rural communities, establishment of a greater number of such services in small towns and rural communities has developed. Experience has demonstrated, however, that delivery models developed for urban areas are not always applicable, or effective, in rural environments. The development of new and innovative models for delivering human services to the elderly in rural areas will depend in part on a critical assessment of what we know about the aging process of rural elderly. Five dimensions are constructed to reflect the major implications of the available research for the practitioners responsible for delivering human services. The issues discussed are: (1) the existing diversity in rural communities, (2) recognition of the aging life span as a dynamic period of growth, (3) commonly held myths about the rural elderly which are not supported by research, (4) horizontal cooperation in rural communities, and (5) family-oriented programming for the rural elderly. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (San Diego, California, October 12-15, 1977)