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Maine Health Access Foundation

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Maine has the distinction of being the oldest state in the nation. This policy brief considers strategies for promoting the health of aging Mainers. As of 2005, 7.5 million individuals living in rural America were over the age of 65. Challenges of living in a rural area can make it difficult for older individuals to access services that are vital to their daily living. Older adults in rural regions are found to be less educated, have worse health outcomes, and have incomes that fall below the poverty level. Recommended strategies include utilizing the Federally Qualified Health Centers, encourage greater collaboration, reassess eligibility requirements for MaineCare, and educate Maine citizens about available services. By following these recommendations, it is possible to improve the health and quality of life of older individuals living in rural regions.


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