Nursing 313-Nursing and Aging in Rural and Frontier Settings

Nursing 313-Nursing and Aging in Rural and Frontier...

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Nursing and Aging in Rural and  Frontier Settings Community Resources Nursing 313
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Aging in Rural America Romanticized stereotype of peaceful ,  healthy, independent existence with strong  families and environments to support  people in their aging years
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Rural Concepts Rural areas are defined by several prominent  features: low population size and density  small communities physical remoteness  distance from urban resources relative dominance of natural ecology Rural often defined by one of exclusion, that is  areas that are not considered metropolitan  statistical areas U.S. Census Bureau defines rural as a territory  outside places of 2500 or more inhabitants or  outside an urbanized area Frontier refers to a subset of areas even more 
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Characteristics of Rural Older  Adults 65-74: women make up 51.8% of population  increasing to 65.9% of those 85+ Older adults in rural areas slightly more likely to be  married than urban elders Rural elders more likely to own homes and be free  of mortgage payments than their urban  counterparts Out-migration pattern of rural young generations  has contributed to some erosion of traditional  family structures and networks Among those age 85+ in rural settings,  approximately 45% never finished high school  compared with approximately 30% of those in 
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Characteristics of Rural Older  Adults Poverty is a major problem for rural elders,  especially widows Racial, ethnic diversity varies from region to  region of country Rural elders have higher rates of:  Arthritis associated functional limitations and  disability Cataracts  Hearing impairments  Loss of extremities  Deformities 
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Characteristics of Rural Older  Adults Rural elders have higher rates of:  orthopedic impairments  ulcers  diabetes  bladder and kidney problems  hypertension emphysema Older rural residents experience greater number of  acute conditions:  infections parasitic diseases  acute bronchitis Pneumonia digestive system conditions, 
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