National summit on aging targets Maine, home to nation’s oldest, most rural population

The vast majority of seniors living in rural communities across the United States are dealing with multiple health issues that too often are made worse by social isolation and loneliness, according to a new national survey.

Eradicating that isolation on the outskirts of America is the focus of the Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging, a national gathering that has attracted more than 130 elder advocates and other experts to Portland this week.

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