ERIC Number: ED299467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
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Aging in Rural America.
Maiden, Robert J.; Peterson, Steven A.
While many recent publications have explored aging in rural America, virtually none have examined differences within a rural environment in terms of public policy issues. It is very likely, however, that residing on a farm has different consequences than residing in a village. The elderly in the country may be particularly disadvantaged when they are compared to their town counterparts because of their relative isolation from services and health facilities. This study examined the farm/country and village/town microecologies in terms of their characteristics and divergent impacts on the aged in Allegany County, New York, a rural area of approximately 50,000 citizens of which 6,000 are elderly. Interviews were conducted with a proportionate stratified sample of older residents (N=456) of Allegany County. A frequency analysis revealed that the majority of respondents resided within a village or town (67%) with the remainder living on a farm or in a nondeveloped area (33%). Pearson's r's revealed many significant demographic differences between the two groups. The farm/country aged were more mobile, less depressed, more likely to be married, less educated, and younger than their town/village counterparts. In terms of knowledge and use of social services, the country aged reported less use of public services, but received greater satisfaction from them. Findings have implications for public policy issues and the delivery of social services and programs to the rural elderly. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the New York State Association of Gerontological Educators (15th, Ellenville, NY, October 21-23, 1987).