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Maine Health Access Foundation
This study was conducted as part of a foundation-funded initiative to better coordinate the system of care in a rural New England area for older adults and individuals with chronic conditions and disabilities. It utilized a needs assessment in order to identify challenges and needs of area community members. Respondents included 347 individuals from the community, ranging from 55 to 105 years old, with a mean of 73.4 years old. Among the respondents, 57.7 percent lived along, 55.7 percent identified as having a chronic condition or disability, 70.3 percent lived in their own home, and 87.9 percent were not receiving any in-home care. Household repairs and help with household chores were among the most common needs. There was a high prevalence of difficulty with getting up after falls and social isolation, showing that implementation of interventions is crucial.
Wihry, David C.; Kaye, Lenard W.; Walsh, Dyan; and Crittenden, Jennifer, "Cohort Differences in Aging in Place Needs Among a Rural-Serving Area Agency on Aging Client Population" (2016). Maine Center on Aging Research and Evaluation. 6.
pre-print (i.e. pre-refereeing)