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HEALTH TOPICS - ELDER'S HEALTH

Our Health

Alzheimer's
Stories from Caregivers Video
(Banner Alzheimer's Institute)
Three Native American families caring for loved ones and health professiaonls share their experiences with this illness. Their experiences are shared by many Native Americans, both on-and-off the Reservation. (9 minutes 22 seconds)

Arthritis
Arthritis in American Indian and Alaska Native Elders (PDF, 54 KB)
(NRCNAA/University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health)

Cancer
Cancer Screening Practices Among American Indian and Alaska Native Elders (PDF, 50 KB)
(NRCNAA/University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health)


Diabetes
The Prevalence of Diabetes in American Indian Elders
(National Indian Council on Aging)

Elder Abuse
Elder Abuse in Indian Country
(National Center on Elder Abuse)

End-of-Life (Pallative Care)
A Look at End-of-Life Care Issues for Native Americans (PDF, 76.1 KB)
(National Cancer Institute, NIH)
This article takes a look at end-of-life care issues for this population as it relates to cancer as well as other diseases.

Exercise
Well-Balanced
(Wise Elders Living Longer)
WELL-Balanced (Wise Elders Living Longer) is a health promotion program designed to be carried out by volunteer coaches. It provides community support for Native elders with diabetes, arthritis, and hypertension, as well as helping elders reduce their risk of falling.

General

Research
Center on Native Elder Health Disparities (CNEHD)
(University of Colorado School of Public Health)


National Resource Center for Native American Aging (NRCNAA)
(University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health)

Native Elder Research Center
(University of Colorado School of Public Health)

Our Stories

Esther Felipe: At 77 Years Old, She Walks Her Talk! (PDF, 411 KB)
(Health for Native Life Magazine from the Indian Health Service, HHS)
Esther discusses how running has helped her to stay healthy and happy.

For Researchers, Health Professionals, & Educators

Barriers and Facilitators to Walking and Physical Activity Among American Indian Elders
(Sawchuk CN, Russo JE, Bogart A, Charles S, Goldberg J, Forquera R, et al. Prev Chronic Dis 2011;8(3). )
Physical inactivity is common among older American Indians. Several barriers impede the establishment and maintenance of routine exercise. We examined personal and built-environment barriers and facilitators to walking and physical activity and their relationship with health-related quality of life in American Indian elders. Published in 2011.

Health and Health Care of American Indian and Alaska Native Elders
(Stanford Geriatric Education Center at Stanford University)
This module is designed to provide information to increase the health care provider′s awareness of specific cultural, racial, ethnic, and tribal influences on health and health care of the older American Indian and Alaska Native. World view, life experiences, and the cultural context in which today′s American Indian elderly live is described as it relates to health care.

Publications
(University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health)
Research publications about Elder's Health from the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health.

Organizations and Programs


Health Information About Elder's Health for Everyone

Growing Stronger - Strength Training for Older Adults
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Senior's Health in MedlinePlus
(National Library of Medicine)

Seniors in MedlinePlus
(National Library of Medicine)

NIH SeniorHealth
(National Library of Medicine)

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