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Homelessness in Minnesota, 2015 Study
Wilder Research, June 2017
Every three years, Wilder Research conducts a statewide survey of people who are homeless or living in temporary housing programs. The study includes counts and estimates of the number of people who are homeless and face-to-face interviews with homeless people throughout Minnesota to better understand the causes and circumstances of homelessness. more info >
America's Health Rankings: Senior Report 2017
United Health Foundation, May 2017, 140 pp.
This report provides a comprehensive analysis of senior population health on a national and state-by-state basis across 34 measures of senior health. This year's report notes, among other things, national improvements in several clinical care measures and challenges in community & environment measures related to nutrition and access to healthy foods. more info >
How Neighborhoods Affect the Health and Well-Being of Older Americans
Population Reference Bureau, February 2017, 12 pp.
A growing body of research shows that living in disadvantaged neighborhoods--characterized by high poverty--is associated with weak social ties, problems accessing health care and other services, reduced physical activity, health problems, mobility limitations, and high stress. This report summarizes recent research on the association between neighborhood conditions and the health and well-being of older adults. more info >
Greater Minnesota: Refined and Revisited
Minnesota State Demographic Center, January 2017, 68 pp.
This report details demographic and economic characteristics of Minnesota's residents using a four-tiered definition of an area--urban, large town, small town, and rural--based on both population size and proximity to other communities. more info >
The Unmet Need for Care: Vulnerability Among Older Adults
Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire, April 2016, 6 pp.
This brief explores factors in the unmet need for care among older adults. Many older adults are frail, have difficulty meeting their daily needs, and do not have family members or friends to turn to in times of need. Unmarried individuals and those who live alone are more likely than others to need care but not receive it. more info >
Addressing the Health Needs of an Aging America: New Opportunities for Evidence-Based Policy Solutions
The Stern Center for Evidence-Based Policy, July 2015, 136 pp.
This study maps health policy recommendations for the aging to the body of research evidence. Researchers conducted a scoping study and policy scan to identify unique stakeholder policy recommendations and studies related to the health of the aging population. An expert panel then used these results to organize the information into 10 usable policy categories, presenting a comprehensive view of the best-available evidence and policy activity around healthcare for older adults. more info >
Caregiving in the United States 2015
National Alliance for Caregiving, July 2015, 87 pp.
This report provides detailed profiles of different subpopulations of family caregivers, including information on caregivers age 75 and older, higher hour caregivers, male and female caregivers, and multicultural caregivers. It also explores the challenges facing caregivers in the workplace. more info >
Housing an Aging Rural America: Rural Seniors and Their Homes
Housing Assistance Council, October 2014, 48 pp.
This report explores the impact that a rapidly aging rural population will have on social, economic, and housing systems. Most seniors wish to remain and age in their homes as long as possible, but rural elders are increasingly experiencing challenges with housing affordability and quality. Rural communities will need to develop a range of housing options in order to enhance the lives of seniors and provide cost-effective options. more info >