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Rural "smart senior towns" care for older residents while making space for new leaders and ideas

Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

For some towns in rural Iowa, it's possible to shrink and yet still thrive.

On this episode of Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe talks with David Peters of Iowa State University who has been seeking to define "smart senior towns" and understand the factors that make some small towns support aging in place better than others.

She also talks with leaders of two of the cities studied in this research.


  • David Peters, professor of sociology, rural sociologist, ISU Extension and Outreach
  • Bruce Perry, Sac City council member
  • Crysti Neuman, Bancroft City Director
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Samantha McIntosh is a talk show producer at Iowa Public Radio. Prior to IPR, Samantha worked as a reporter for radio stations in southeast and west central Iowa under M&H Broadcasting, and before that she was a weekend music host for GO 96.3 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.