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Survey Disclaimer
The Identifying Our Needs: A Survey of Elders is provided by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) only. This survey is specific to the NRCNAA, whereas the Native Elder Maltreatment Survey is written by, administered by, and used by the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative Innovation Program (NIEJI). We are separate indigenous programs with different missions and visions. The NRCNAA has always had a mission to identify and increase awareness of evolving Native elder health and social needs and to empower Native people to develop community based solutions; whereas, NIEJI’s purpose is to offer research, education, and training to prevent elder abuse in Indigenous communities.

Please e-mail us to let us know how you are using your needs assessment results. Maybe your idea can inspire someone else to find a new funding source!


Surveying Ideas (Face-to-face visits are highly recommended):

  • During a transport
  • At a meal-on-wheels visit
  • Have other young/able-bodied native elders make the visit
  • High School or college students can be asked to volunteer
  • Combine with a home health visit
  • Tribal employees taking a day to conduct interviews in the community

Ideas for what you can give the elders to thank them for taking the time:

  • Wild rice or other traditional food or gifts
  • Casino/other coupons
  • A chance to bring other helpful items (one tribe connected their visits with safety visits to fix/install smoke alarms)
  • A meal
  • Your time and conversation
  • Other health promotion/prevention incentives, like pedometers, can openers for those with arthritis, etc.

For more information about the needs assessment, please contact Collette Adamsen by calling (800) 896-7239.