Age-friendly interventions in rural and remote areas: A scoping review

Jed Montayre, Jann Foster, Ivy Yan Zhao, Ariana Kong, Angela Y.M. Leung, Alex Molassiotis, Alana Officer, Christopher Mikton, Stephen Neville

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Abstract

Objectives: In 2007, the World Health Organization published a guide on age-friendly cities. However, little is known about interventions that have been implemented to promote age-friendly communities in rural and remote areas. This paper presents the findings from a scoping review undertaken to locate available evidence of interventions, strategies, and programs that have been implemented in rural and remote areas to create age-friendly communities. Methods: This scoping review used the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) methodology. Results: A total of 219 articles were included in this review. No intervention studies were referred to as ‘age-friendly’. However, there were interventions (mostly healthcare-related) that have been implemented in rural and remote areas with older people as participants. There were also non-evaluated community programs that were published in the grey literature. This review identified the common health interventions in older people and the indirect relevance to the WHO age-friendly framework domains in rural and remote contexts. Conclusions: The eight age-friendly domains were not explicitly utilised as a guide in the development of interventions for older people in rural and remote settings. Implementation of age-friendly interventions in rural and remote areas requires a multisectoral approach that is tailored to address the specific needs of individual communities. Age-friendly interventions also need to consider socio-ecological factors to adequately and holistically address community needs and ensure long-term sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Early online dateJul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • ageing
  • healthy ageing
  • rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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