Rural program planning and development for older adults

Hong Li, C. Jean Blaser

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Building on Canter's social care systems model, this chapter reviews rural elders’ informal and formal service systems, summarizes the barriers in planning and providing services in rural areas, and suggests strategies that social workers can adopt to overcome these barriers to meet the needs of rural elders and their families. Strategies considered include: integrating formal services with informal care; knowing the culture or tradition of local communities and residents; identifying and involving community leaders in the development and planning process; building into the community and contributing to the community; and encouraging implementation flexibility, creativity and innovation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGerontological Social Work in Small Towns and Rural Communities
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780203049082
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012


  • Program planning
  • Rural service delivery
  • Service systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Professions(all)


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