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Dora G. Lodwick & Allan Wallis

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Chapter 6: The Volunteers for Rural Seniors Initiative: Leveraging Community Resources to Meet the Needs of Seniors

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The Volunteers for Rural Seniors Initiative: Leveraging Community Resources to Meet the Needs of Seniors
The volunteers for rural seniors initiative: Leveraging community resources to meet the needs of seniors
Dora G.LodwickAllanWallis

Agrowing gap exists between the needs of rural seniors and the services available to them. More seniors are choosing to retire in rural communities or to “age in place” there. At the same time, traditional providers of care—family members and neighbors—are less available because of increasing work demands along with the out-migration of younger people. How can the needs of rural seniors be met? More specifically, how can communities assist in meeting some of their basic needs so that the seniors are able to remain as independent residents in their own homes for as long ...

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