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Rural Communities Struggle in Caring for Elderly

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In rural Kansas, communities are struggling to figure out how to take care of the elderly that live in rural areas while also dealing with a decreasing population and insufficient resources.

A spokesperson for the National Rural Health Association states, “One statistic I think that’s fascinating is every day, more than 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old, and one in four of those American seniors live in small towns or rural areas.” This issue for caring for elderly in rural areas is not just a Kansas issue.

Many elderly do not want to move in order to receive care or enter a facility, they prefer to remain in their home. But with the lack of close health care and resources, it’s becoming more difficult for the community to support these senior members.

The community is working towards have “telemedicine services” which would then create access to proper health care in these rural areas.