ERIC Number: ED224619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-May-19
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Older Americans: Unanswered Questions. Hearing Before the Special Committee on Aging. United States Senate, Ninety-Seventh Congress, Second Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Special Committee on Aging.
The hearing's purpose was to begin building a record, from a national perspective, regarding older Americans who live in smaller towns and rural areas. It is not fully known what the real impact is of such matters as lack of transportation, nutritional deficiencies, distance to and shortage of health care, non-availability of adult education opportunities, inequalities in social security benefits for farmers (particularly farm wives), etc. In 1970 there were 125 counties in the nation with one-sixth or more of their population aged 65 or over. By 1978 that number had risen to 500. Although a large percentage of rural elderly are located in the midwest and south, recent migrations of older Americans have moved them to the Sun Belt and other areas. Much of this migration is caused by older Americans returning from urban to rural areas for reasons of preferred environment and safety. Although availability of 1980 census data may supply some answers in numbers, still little is known about the people those numbers represent. There is much research to be done and programs that could be continued or initiated. For example, does high technology hold potential for uniting health needs with health answers? Three appendixes conclude the document. (BRR)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Delivery Systems, Demography, Farmers, Females, Health Services, Identification, Low Income, Males, Middle Aged Adults, Migration Patterns, Nutrition, Older Adults, Quality of Life, Research Needs, Retirement, Retirement Benefits, Rural Population, Transportation
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Special Committee on Aging.