Document Type


Publication Date

Summer 1976


Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


There are a variety of problems that affect older people in rural areas. In the first part of this paper, we examine four problems affecting the rural aged in particular: health, income, housing and social integration into rural communities. In the second part of the paper, we examine the question of whether programs to deal with these problems that have developed in various cities in the United States can readily be translated into rural communities. The paper concludes with a warning that the urban crisis, largely discovered by human services and other urbanists in the 1960s, is increasingly being expropriated as an issue by those whose primary concerns are reducing public spending and limiting local basic public services in both urban and rural areas.

Source Citation

Presented at the First Annual Conference on Social Work in Rural Areas. Knoxville TN. July, 1976.



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