Rural Demography and Aging: The LTSS Imperative in Rural America

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September 2015
Anticipated completion date:
December 2017

In the coming decades, the older adult population of the United States is projected to expand significantly. This demographic shift will pose challenges for the nation’s healthcare and LTSS systems. Rural areas are likely to experience a disproportionate share of this growth, due to existing rural infrastructure deficits and the relatively high needs of rural elders. In order to help rural communities meet the increased demand for health/LTSS services, rural stakeholders and policymakers will benefit from having a current, broad-ranging, detailed profile of healthcare/LTSS needs and use patterns among rural and urban older adults. The proposed project aims to create such a profile through a literature review and analysis of data sets including the American Community Survey, the Area Health Resource File, and the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey.