The challenges of rural ageing in place

A New York Times article titled Alone on the Range discussed the distinct challenges facing senior citizens wishing to remain in their non-urban homes. It is no surprise that access and support were identified as two key obstacles.

“Satellite clinics and telemedicine can help bridge some of the health care gaps. For digitally adept older adults, the Internet already allows easier shopping, entertainment and social interaction.

“Better transportation options and more senior housing [would help] rural communities bring services to clusters of people who need them.”

Improvements such as the above are generally far preferable to the other alternative – selling their home and moving to the city or closer to family.

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