Rural America’s population is aging faster than the nation’s

Many rural communities are experiencing a decline in population.

A quarter of all American seniors live in small towns or rural communities, and that percentage is growing as younger generations move to cities causing the rural population to age at a faster rate than the nation’s population as a whole.

AARP Oklahoma says that many homes now need upgrades to better suit the aging population.

According to Sean Voskuhl, “Three in five homes in rural areas and small towns were built prior to 1980. Many lack adequate insulation and age-friendly features such as grab bars and single-floor living. Due to the age and conditions of structures, modifications are often needed but are delayed due to cost and the difficulty of performing the work.

Efforts like the Community Challenge Small Grants Program, the Home Fit Guide, and even the Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit can help.


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