Demography of Rural Aging

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

Abstract

Population aging as a demographic phenomenon, not an individual one, is described in this chapter, in tandem with a description of the demographic characteristics of the rural elderly. Population aging occurs when the population of a place as a whole has fewer births while life expectancies in older ages increase. This process is exacerbated in rural places by the out-migration of rural youth and, in rural retirement areas, by the in-migration of elders. Aging in rural places presents special challenges first and foremost because greater distances between places result in a lower density of services and the associated strain of providing those services for the aged. However, older people can also be a boon to rural areas when they themselves become a source for economic or social development.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Social Work, and AnthropologyUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  2. 2.Cooperative ExtensionWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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