RURAL AGING ACTION NETWORK
Building a stronger continuum of care for older adults and caregivers in rural America.
Aging in rural communities presents unique challenges that can limit access to healthcare, transportation and other services that are vital for older adults to maintain their autonomy and independence. Amidst these challenges lies an opportunity to support the one in four older adults in America who live in a rural community or small town—many of whom have spent decades on the same land—by expanding community-based services and supports.
Achieving sustainability through collaboration.
Rural Aging Action Network is our national collaborative dedicated to expanding sustainable community-based services and supports for older adults who are underserved in rural Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. We engage a range of strategic partners in this collaborative with the common goal of empowering older adults to age with independence, dignity and purpose in the community of their choice.
Our community-informed approach expands services by leveraging the unique assets and resources in rural communities—along with the characteristic strength and resilience of the older adults and caregivers—to remove barriers to care.
Since 2015, we have reached over 4,000 older adults and caregivers in more than 100 rural communities.
We have reached over 4,000 older adults and caregivers in more than 100 rural communities since the collaborative formed in 2015. Together with our grantees and strategic partners, we are implementing solutions that support older adults to stay connected and building stronger support systems for caregivers.
Rebecca Sales and Christin Lindberg
Aging in Rural America – Cultivating a Thriving Community of Care
Capturing the joys and challenges faced by rural older adults, this study focuses on our work in three Midwestern counties in Minnesota, Montana and North Dakota.
Aging in Rural America – Stories of Independence, Community Connections and Vibrant Lives
In their own poignant words, rural older adults and caregivers share their unique perspectives on individual resilience and community bonds.
PARTICIPATING MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
Aging Well in Rural America: A collection of stories from the Heartland (Tivity Health)
Aging Today: Collaborative employs “friendly” technology to care for older, rural veterans and their caregiver (American Society on Aging)