Call for Papers
Call for Papers: HJSR 2021 Special Issue 43: Aging in Community
Monday, September 14, 2020 11:40 AM

The term ‘successful aging’ is most commonly associated with the work of Rowe and Kahn (1987, 1998). In the 1980’s, a shift in the demographics of aging in the United States grew apparent when the first of the baby boomers began to reach their third decade of life. Researchers and legislators became concerned with the impact this would have on our social, economic and health care systems (Quadagno, 2008). “In 1985, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation assembled a group of scholars … to develop the conceptual basis for a new gerontology (Rowe & Kahn, 1998, p. xii).” This effort resulted in a series of coordinated research projects that looked at the biological, physical, social and mental factors that influence how people age.

For this issue of HJSR, we are interested in looking beyond individualistic qualities that influence how a person ages. We seek to explore how the structural contexts of community affect the experience of growing old. For the purposes of this exploration, community is defined as a group of people living in a shared location or having a particular characteristic in common.

Key themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Social connectedness
  • Racial resistance and resilience and aging
  • Implications of culture, family or identity
  • Models for increasing interdependence and improving quality of life
  • Family and informal caregiving
  • Re-imagining aging, late life and end of life
  • Innovation in medical, behavioral or social services

We seek work that considers culture, community, and access to systems that support connections and quality of life. While we are interested in work on aging across communities, we particularly encourage submissions from those researching aging in rural or Indigenous contexts.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 15, 2020

Research Manuscripts: 12-point font, double-spaced, and generally not exceed 8500 words. Commentaries, creative writing, or poetry should not exceed 3000 words.

For submission details:

Journal of Rural Social Sciences Special Issue on Rural Population Health and Aging
Friday, May 08, 2020 11:22 AM

Population aging is an important issue at the local, state, national, and international levels. Often getting less attention in the media and policy discussions are the ways in which the characteristics, patterns, and associated health concerns may vary across the rural-urban continuum. For example, the rural U.S. is home to disproportionate shares of older people with more health concerns, and there are large and growing rural-urban and within-rural health disparities. Yet rural communities are not monolithic, and while some rural places are characterized by declining health, others have seen improvements. Additionally, some rural communities are diversifying in terms of race and ethnicity, and numerous rural places are grappling with population loss. In all, it is important to explore factors associated with both vulnerability and resilience.

To direct more attention towards these topics, coupled with efforts to inform development programs and policies, this special issue of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences will focus on rural population health and aging. With the guest editorial team consisting of leaders from the National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (INRPHA), manuscripts drawing from multiple disciplines and using a range of methodological and analytical approaches are welcome. While manuscripts on general topics related to rural population health and aging are invited, particular attention will be given to those addressing: 1) health disparities between rural and urban areas and within rural areas; 2) trends in rural population health and aging and how these are impacting rural communities; 3) the ways in which economic well-being and livelihood strategies interact with rural population health and aging; 4) health implications of the physical and social isolation that characterize many rural communities; and 5) implications of local natural environments and climate change on rural population health and aging.