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HEARTACHE, PAIN, AND HOPE: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis

Publication date: 
August, 2017

As the opioid crisis rages on, rural communities are suffering some of the worst damage. Rural places are home to many older people, but their needs, and the many different ways they are affected, are often overlooked. As part of Grantmakers in Aging's rural aging initiative, GIA has released a new paper: Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis: An Introduction for Funders, which offers a fresh perspective, broadening the discussion, highlighting the needs and concerns of older adults, and describing proven programs, innovative partnerships, policy recommendations, and scientific and medical responses that governments, communities, nonprofits, and philanthropies can support and expand.

Heartache, Pain, and Hope: Rural Communities, Older People, and the Opioid Crisis: An Introduction for Funders is made possible by funding from Tivity Health and Empire Health Foundation and is the second paper GIA has published as part of its rural aging initiative. The first was New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging.

GIA’s rural aging initiative, titled Creating a Sustainable Network for the Rural Aging Movement, is supported by Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, and seeks to increase the awareness and involvement of a wide range of philanthropies, nonprofits, government agencies, and communities.

For more information, please visit GIAging.org/rural-aging.

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