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Beth Carter

Beth Carter, PhD, MPH, is a senior advisor at the AARP Public Policy Institute. Her areas of expertise include epidemiology, public health, disease prevention, and mental health. Read her full biography.
Rural residents ages 50 and older experienced higher rates of depression than urban residents in 2020 and estimates varied by race.
Recent research from AARP analyzed rural-urban and racial and ethnic disparities in rural areas, highlighting the complexity of rural health issues for older adults.
Now that we are reaching a point where the U.S. has an adequate supply of COVID-19 vaccines, officials must consider how to identify and reach older adults who remain unvaccinated, particularly those who want but have been unable to access a vaccine.
The recommended age for colorectal cancer screening has been lowered to 45 by the USPSTF.
Nearly half of Americans ages 65+ have prediabetes, but most don't know it.
Healthcare workers working to fight the COVID-19 pandemic
To reduce health disparities, state public health departments and health care systems need to compile robust data.
Older adult getting a shot
In the time of COVID-19, flu vaccination rates among the 50+ remain stubbornly low.
The pandemic is disproportionately impacting Native Americans, but the full extent is unknown due to a lack of data.
Rural hospital sign
Rural areas are being hit hard by COVID-19. The CARES Act can help, but more will be needed.
Here are some suggestions to help the grieving process move forward in spite of constraints brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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