A recent article authored by PYA’s Kathy Greenlee, principal, has been published in the Summer 2019 edition of Generations—Journal of the American Society on Aging. In “Why People Choose the Rural Life,” Kathy reflects on the unique experiences of rural life, discusses specific challenges facing the elderly who live in remote communities, and emphasizes the importance of access to resources and healthcare. A recognized leader in aging and long-term care, Kathy previously served as the Kansas Secretary for Aging and the Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. She also created the Administration for Community Living, where she was its first Administrator.
Old people in rural communities epitomize aging in place. But a person cannot successfully age in a rural area without the basic resources needed for people of any age. The closure of a rural hospital has a devastating impact on a rural community and surrounding region. The loss of every physician, psychologist, and pharmacist strikes a blow that falls particularly hard on older people. But the loss of basic access to healthcare is a setback for everyone, not only the old.
Read the full article here.
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