The Unique Impact of COVID-19 on Older Adults in Rural Areas

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Older adults in rural areas of the U.S. face unique risks related to COVID-19. Rural areas are older, on average, than urban areas, and have more underlying health conditions and fewer economic resources. Rural health care is more limited, as is access to technology and online connectivity. Altogether, this puts rural older adults at risk of not only the virus, but of not being able to meet their health care, social, and basic needs. Rural/urban inequities, combined with within-rural inequities in health, health care, and financial resources cause particular challenges to health and well-being from COVID-19 for some older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-402
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Issue number4-5
StatePublished - Jun 2 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Rural health
  • access to care
  • economic disparities
  • health disparities
  • social isolation and loneliness

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  • Journal Article


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