Older people everywhere say they want to maintain their independence and age in place, but it can be especially difficult in rural areas, where access to formal supports, health care, services, transportation, and appropriate housing can be hard to find.
GIA is leading a three-year program to accelerate and expand an emerging movement to improve the experience of rural aging by connecting and supporting key players, sharing knowledge, and expanding the resources and services available to older adults in rural areas. The program, Creating a Sustainable Network for the Rural Aging Movement, is supported by a grant from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.
Rural Aging Resources
GIA has created the following original resources to introduce funders and others to rural aging:
- New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging - A GIA-authored overview of the rural aging movement;
- A one-page flyer about the New Frontiers document with information about downloading a digital copy.
- GIA-authored case studies of innovative grant-funded rural aging programs, on transportation, community-sourced food and firewood donations, and technology;
- A one-page introduction to partnering with government agencies;
- A one-page overview of the program; and
- A press release announcing the program launch, in December 2015.
Other topic-specific resources can be found on these pages.
Specific project activities will include:
- Building an infrastructure to bring together key representatives in the rural aging movement, including face-to-face and virtual meetings.
- Identifying the most useful information and materials on rural aging that are already available, identifying gaps, and creating and sharing new resources as needed.
- Establishing a broad-based, partners-in-funding group comprised of government, civic organizations, United Ways, Area Agencies on Aging, philanthropy, and other key players.
- Launching a “Rural Aging in America” website and associated Learning Community, and adding briefing materials on rural aging to GIA’s own website.
- Producing a short video and several infographics on the challenges and important work being done in rural aging.
- Developing a messaging tool, “Talking about Rural Aging,” to share messages and strategies that have been effective in raising the profile of rural aging.