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Maine Health Access Foundation
This project was developed in order to understand challenges to aging in place faced by a rural New England county as well as the systemic issues preventing coordination of services to support thriving in place. It utilized a needs assessment to inform the direction of health and human service providers in implementing services. The median age of respondents was 73. They all lived in their own home, and 55 percent lived along. Challenges identified through a needs assessment by hospital systems included a high poverty rate, low median income, fair to poor health, high mortality rate, high incidence of chronic diseases, high rates of sedentary lifestyles, low food environmental index ratings, and high hospitalization rates. Challenges identified through community member interviews included a lack of access to transportation, issues with mobility, social isolation, and a lack of opportunities for respite for caregiver, and a lack of information about available services.
Wihry, David; Kaye, Lenard W.; and Crittenden, Jennifer, "Barriers to Aging and Thriving in Place in a Rural New England County" (2016). Maine Center on Aging Research and Evaluation. 7.
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