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Working together for older people in rural areas

Older people in rural areas are generally considered better off than those in urban areas. However, this study reveals that those who are vulnerable or at risk of social exclusion experience rates of disadvantage similar to their urban counterparts. In particular, the combination of distance and low population density in rural areas presents unique challenges for older people in accessing transport, health and social care, and social and civic activities. Older people in rural areas are also more likely to report living in poor housing.