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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 4:00pm
Mann Library, 160
Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
Why care about aging in rural places?
In 2010, an estimated 41 million Americans were 65 years of age or older. By 2030, that number is estimated to reach over 72 million, representing 19% of the total population. Population aging is more rapid in rural areas of the United States. Many elderly need to rely more heavily on family or friends for transportation or have a greater reliance on cars. Access to other infrastructure including health care, elder day care centers, or grocery stores is also more complicated in rural places, and smaller populations makes support of these services more difficult. Understanding the characteristics of rural elders, including their family status and living conditions, has become an important challenge in the 21st Century.
Join us for a "Chats in the Stacks" book talk with Nina Glasgow, David L. Brown, and Douglas T. Gurak, from the department of Development Sociology at Cornell. Their new book "Rural Aging In 21st Century America" (Springer, January 2013), edited by Glasgow and E. Helen Berry, investigates the sociological, demographic and geographic aspects of aging in rural places.
Light refreshments will be available. This talk is funded by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund at Mann Library.