Date: January 27, 2022
For older adults aging in place, social cohesion and social engagement are essential to ensuring good health and quality of life. Rural residents may face structural barriers to remaining socially engaged and active as they age; however, differences by rurality are not well understood for older adults aging in place. This policy brief examines rural/urban differences in social cohesion and social engagement for older adults aging in place, as well as within-rural differences by race and ethnicity.
Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW
University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Additional Resources of Interest:
- More information about the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
- More information from the Rural Health Information Hub’s topic guides: Community Supports for Rural Aging in Place and Independent Living, Rural Mental Health, Rural Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health for Rural People
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