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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


Approximately 27 percent of America’s aged live in rural areas. Despite similar problems, however, there are substantial differences in the nature of human services designed to meet these needs in cities and rural areas. This chapter examines rural problems and services in health, income, housing and social integration. In addition, unique rural issues of community outreach and professional relationships in rural areas are examined.

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A revised and edited version of this manuscript was published as Social Work Practice with the Rural Aged. Nancy Lohmann, Roger A. Lohmann and Ellen Netting. In Paul Kim, (Ed.) Mental Health and Aging. University Press. 1981.


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