Addressing Rural Seniors’ Access to Information

Our previous research found that one of the factors that can influence rural seniors’ ability to age in place is their access to information, knowledge and awareness of available services. A lack of knowledge can mean low use of supports and services, which can result in higher hospitalization and acute care rates. For this study, the team will conduct a synthesis of literature on information-seeking strategies and interventions, key informant interviews, focus groups and a World Café Methodology (WCM) to engage older rural adults and community members in designing an intervention to provide information outreach. The information gathered will be used for community dialogue events for our partner communities of Watrous, Young and Wolseley.

Goals / Outcomes: The purpose is to increase seniors’ access to information and awareness of services and supports in order to help them age in place. The team will produce a community report to outline the process of developing the intervention. It will emphasize the complexity of the information itself, delivery models, their relevance and applicability in the province.