Elder Care Information for Providers
The IHS works to improve care and services for American Indian and Alaska Native elders.
Education and Training
- ADvancing States iQ Online Learning Center
- How to receive Medicare reimbursement for cognitive assessment and care planning
- IHS 2021 Clinical Reporting System Elder Care Report Performance Measure List and Definitions [PDF - 1.06 MB]
- IHS TeleEducation Webinars
- The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for American Indian Health Training Programs
- National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) Online Interactive Educational Modules
- Training and Career Development Through the National Institute on Aging
Health Issues Affecting Elders
From the NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA), Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Resources - Provides information on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and caregiving requirements of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Also from NIA, Alzheimers.gov provides information for older people facing dementias and their families.
NIA has a page dedicated to Advances in Aging and Alzheimer's Research
CDC Alzheimer’s Disease Communication 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.
The Alzheimer's Association 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.
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 . 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 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 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) distributes elder abuse information to the public and professionals in order to prevent elder mistreatment.
The CDC offers Elder Abuse Prevention Resources including facts, risk factors, prevention strategies, and data on elder abuse.
From the National Indian Council on Aging, Inc., the NICOA Elder Equity Program promotes awareness of elder abuse, including financial exploitation, scams and fraud.
The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) has resources and State/Tribal Hotlines for reporting Elder abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation, including links to Tribal Elder Abuse codes .
- ADvancing States Long-Term Care Initiative
- NICOA Tribal Long-Term Services and Supports National Resource Center
- Tribal Long-Term Care Technical Assistance Center - a CMS, IHS, and ACL resource that provides technical assistance resources to help communities create effective Long-Term Services and Supports for American Indian and Alaska Native elders.
- The Tribal Nursing Home Collaborative site - includes a directory of tribal nursing homes and assisted living facilities and information on best practices for tribal nursing homes.
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."
- ANTHC Palliative Care ECHO Page
- ANTHC Palliative Advance Care Planning Resources
- Commonly Prescribed Medications in a Population of Hospice Patients - American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, March 2014