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Native Aging Fact Sheets Archive

Fact sheets include analysis of the national data from the Identifying our Needs: A Survey of Elders to report the trends and offer recommendations.

  • Elder Abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, 2013
    This fact sheet summarizes the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native elders that would utilize elder programs that could assist in preventing elder abuse. In addition, the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native elders that would take advantage of caregiver, financial assistance, legal assistance, personal care, and transportation programs if they were offered by their respective tribes.
  • Fall Incidents and Native American Elderly, 2012
    Presents the results of Identifying Our Needs: A Survey of Elders that was conducted between 2008 and 2011, by tribal members for over 300 American Indian tribes, Alaskan villages, and Hawaiian homesteads throughout Indian Country.
  • Congestive Heart Failure, 2010
    The study examined congestive health failure among American Indian and Alaska Native elders. Covers the prevalence of CHF among American Indian/Alaska Native elders, assessing gender and age patterns of CHF prevalence, determining other disorder that are commonly found among American Indian/Alaska Native elders with CHF, and examining the relationship between CHF, physical activity, and body mass index.
  • Hypertension in American Indian and Alaska Native Elders, 2008
    Outlines the prevalence of hypertension among the American Indian and Alaska Native population as identified through studies. Uses text and graphs to display information by age, gender, and disease.
  • Arthritis in American Indian and Alaska Native Elders, 2006
    Discusses arthritis prevalence and its impact on the health of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) elders.
  • Cancer Screening Practices Among American Indian and Alaska Native Elders, 2006
    This study looked at the rate of cancer and cancer-related screenings for American Indian and Alaska Native elders aged 55 and older. Information was used from a nationwide survey, conducted by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, involving more than 8,000 AI/AN elders. The cancer screenings included fecal occult blood test (FOBT);prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test; Pap test; and Mammogram.
  • The Elders’ Obesity Challenge, 2005
    Overviews obesity rates among Native American elders. Includes statistics by age group and gender.
  • Informal Caregivers: Challenges in Providing Care, 2004
    Family caregiving is experiencing significant growth as the U.S. population ages. Care is also shifting away from institutions to home and community based care. Family-based care is an important component in the array of services available to the aged.
  • Difficulty in Providing Care Among Informal Caregivers, 2003
    Examines characteristics of informal caregivers who experience difficulties when providing care to Native American elders.
  • Gender Differences in Health Risks Amongst Native Elderly, 2003
    Describes a study to determine if differences in health risks exist between men and women in the elderly Native American and Alaskan Native population.
  • Fall 2003: Difficulty in Providing Care Among Informal Caregiving, 2003
    This analysis examined characteristics of informal caregivers who experience difficulties when providing care to Native American elders.
  • Functional Limitations and the Future Needs for Long Term Care, 2002
    Examines functional limitations among Native American elders using data collected across the nation.
  • Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving Rural Native American Elders, 2001
    Study of the incidence and outcomes of motor vehicle crashes involving rural, elderly Native Americans, based on analysis of North Dakota ambulance runs data.