Rural aging populations are different. While they share commonalities with urban aging populations, they are distinct in many ways. They are often communities made up of a majority of the residents who have lived their lives together and are now becoming old together.
They consistently state that staying supported in their own community close to long time friends and neighbors, who they view as primary sources of care, is a priority. The rural culture and unique lifestyle needs are mostly overlooked in the planning process. The differences between the rural/urban cultural view becomes apparent when we look at housing options, their design and their locations. The dominant choices for rural seniors housing generally includes the growing creep of upscale large urban style retirement developments that offer a full and expensive suite of amenities and services built on agricultural land close to the city boundaries OR the more compact and efficient medical models of long term care facilities and assisted living lodges and manors located in nearby towns and cities.