Carrie Henning-Smith on Meeting The Social Needs Of Older Adults In Rural Areas

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Carrie Henning-Smith (Minnesota Life Course Center) find that social isolation is associated with health risks, and older adults in rural areas are especially at risk. Life Course Center member Carrie Henning-Smith looks at the unique risks faced by this demographic group. Barriers such as transportation, limited economic resources, less access to broadband internet and cellular connectivity, and restricted access to health care all play a role. Meeting interpersonal social needs is intertwined with providing other care needs. Health care professionals should collaborate with community partners to reduce isolation and loneliness. Read the full article on the JAMA Health Forum.