Rural Aging in 21st Century America

  • Nina Glasgow
  • E. Helen Berry

Part of the Understanding Population Trends and Processes book series (UPTA, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Nina Glasgow, E. Helen Berry
    Pages 1-13
  3. Overview of the Rural Elderly Population

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. E. Helen Berry, Annabel Kirschner
      Pages 17-36
  4. Economic Inequalities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 55-55
    2. Richard Rathge, Justin Garosi, Karen Olson
      Pages 77-96
  5. Race/Ethnic Inequalities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Marlene Lee, Joachim Singelmann
      Pages 99-113
    3. Rogelio Sáenz, Amber Fox, San Juanita García
      Pages 115-140
    4. Dudley L. Poston Jr., Yu-Ting Chang, Lei He
      Pages 141-160
    5. Gundars Rudzitis, Nicolas Barbier, Diane Mallickan
      Pages 161-175
  6. Rural Institutional and Community Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Lois Wright Morton, Chih-Yuan Weng
      Pages 179-194
    3. Nan E. Johnson
      Pages 195-209
    4. Kathryn J. Brasier, Anouk Patel-Campillo, Jill Findeis
      Pages 211-230
    5. Nina Glasgow, Hosik Min, David L. Brown
      Pages 231-250
    6. Christiane von Reichert, John B. Cromartie, Ryan O. Arthun
      Pages 251-271
  7. Older Rural Migration and Aging-in-Place

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Benjamin C. Bolender, László J. Kulcsár
      Pages 311-329
    3. Douglas T. Gurak, Mary M. Kritz
      Pages 331-352
  8. Conclusions and Policy Recommendations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 353-353
    2. E. Helen Berry, Nina Glasgow
      Pages 355-368
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 369-384

About this book


This book investigates sociological, demographic and geographic aspects of aging in rural and nonmetropolitan areas of the United States. Population aging is one of the most important trends of the 20th and 21st centuries, and it is occurring worldwide, especially in more developed countries such as the United States. Population aging is more rapid in rural than urban areas of the U.S. In 2010, 15 percent of the nonmetropolitan compared to 12 percent of the metropolitan population were 65 years of age and older. By definition rural communities have smaller sized populations, and more limited healthcare, transportation and other aging-relevant services than do urban areas. It is thus especially important to study and understand aging in rural environments. Rural Aging in 21st Century America contributes evidence-based, policy-relevant information on rural aging in the U.S. A primary objective of the book is to improve understanding of what makes the experience of rural aging different from aging in urban areas and to increase understanding of the aged change the nature of rural places. The book addresses unique features of rural aging across economic, racial/ethnic, migration and other structures and patterns, all with a focus on debunking myths about rural aging and to emphasize opportunities and challenges that rural places and older people experience.         


Aging and economic well-being Aging relevant services Baby boomers Demography of rural aging Health/healthcare Informal caregiving Older rural in-migration Population aging in the U.S. Rural aging in place Rural and nonmetropolitan areas Rural long-term care Rural minority aging Rural return migration Social change Urban population Volunteerism and social entrepreneurship

Editors and affiliations

  • Nina Glasgow
    • 1
  • E. Helen Berry
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept of Development SociologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  2. 2., Department of SociologyUtah State UniversityLoganUSA

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