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Health Issues Affecting Elders

From the NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA), Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Resources Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  - Provides information on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and caregiving requirements of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Also from NIA, Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  provides information for older people facing dementias and their families.

NIA has a page dedicated to Advances in Aging and Alzheimer's Research Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  – CDC

CDC Alzheimer’s Disease Resources

The Alzheimer’s Association and CDC has formed the initiative with state and local partners to address dementia and to advance cognitive health as an integral component of public health.

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The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Road Map for Indian Country Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 

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The Alzheimer's Association Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  offers information and resources to help elders and their families with dementia/confusion.

IHS Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) – Established in response to the diabetes epidemic among American Indians and Alaska Natives, the grant program, coordinated by IHS Division of Diabetes with guidance from the Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee, provides funds for diabetes treatment and prevention to IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian health programs across the United States.

The IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (DDTP) is responsible for developing, documenting and supporting clinical and public health efforts to treat and prevent diabetes in American Indians and Alaska Natives. The website provides clinical resources, education and training resources, patient education materials.

National Diabetes Prevention Program Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  – CDC

CDC Diabetes Resources for Program Providers Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 

Elders, often defined as those age 60 or older, can be more vulnerable to neglect or abuse. Elder abuse can be committed those responsible for their care, or even people that the elder trusts. Abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, or financial. When an elder is abandoned or when their basic needs are not met due to neglect, it is also considered abuse.

IHS confronts elder abuse by:

  • Providing direct health care and behavioral health services for patients;
  • Developing, implementing, and monitoring health policy; and
  • Training providers in the Indian health system to respond to elder abuse.

Some people are required by law to report elder abuse Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving . Each state and tribal governments have their own laws about who is required to report elder abuse. To report elder abuse or find services for older adults and their families, visit The Eldercare Locator Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  from the U.S. Administration on Aging. You can also access the Locator by calling 1-800-677-1116.The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging.

The National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) provides a map of Adult Protective Services (APS) programs Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  nationwide to provide information on how to report suspected abuse in each state.


Established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988, the The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  distributes elder abuse information to the public and professionals in order to prevent elder mistreatment.

The CDC offers Elder Abuse General Resources Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  including facts, risk factors, prevention strategies, and data on elder abuse.

From the National Indian Council on Aging, Inc., the NICOA Elder Equity Program Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  promotes awareness of elder abuse, including financial exploitation, scams and fraud.

The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving  has resources and State/Tribal Hotlines for reporting Elder abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation.

The World Health Organization describes palliative care as "an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems."