A Movement to Transform Rural Aging
Each day more than 10,000 Americans turn 65, and today one in four older adults lives in a small town or other rural area. Of those who are eligible for the SilverSneakers program by Tivity Health, 46 percent live in rural areas. Recognizing that there are greater risk factors for health disparities among the rural population – including social isolation, reduced life expectancy, and higher rates of poor overall health – Tivity Health launched a collaborative movement to elevate the national conversation on rural aging and provoke action among diverse stakeholders committed to improving the lives of aging adults who live in rural communities. To help drive this campaign, Tivity Health also developed and launched in 2018 the Rural Aging Advisory Council, represented by nearly two dozen national experts and thought leaders on rural aging to develop a national policy agenda in this field and to promote collaboration, innovation, and action.
A compelling video, “Faces of Social Isolation & Rural Aging” was released during the 2018 Connectivity Summit highlighting the stories of real seniors and the potential ways to think about the impact of social isolation and loneliness on aging adults.READ MORE