Rural Scholars Say Isolation Has Huge Impact on Island Elder Population
Alison L. Mead
Five medical students spent the past two weeks on the Island studying elder care and services as part of the rural scholars program. Neglect by a caregiver and self neglect were cited as the top two types of abuse facing Vineyard elders.
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Rural Scholars Raise Issue of Aging Vineyard Population
Ivy Ashe
By the year 2020 one-quarter of the Vineyard will be over the age of 65. By the year 2025 that number is expected to jump to 30 per cent, according to findings by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute.
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Rural Scholars Study: As Island Elderly Population Grows, So Will Health Needs
Peter Brannen

As a wave, or tsunami rather, of baby boomers is expected to populate the Vineyard in the coming years, the Island faces a number of challenges delivering health care to its seniors. Six rural health scholars from the University of Massachusetts Medical School recently documented those challenges in a report on the current mental health needs of the Island’s elderly population. Transportation, isolation and access to mental health services emerged as major areas needing improvement.

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