Elders Corner

Elders Corner

Respect For Our Native Elders Is A Traditional Practice.

HERE WE WILL SHARE ARTICLES ABOUT THE SPECIFIC AIHC ELDER PROJECTS, AND IN EACH NEWSLETTER, AN ELDER WILL SHARE KNOWLEDGE, REFLECTIONS, AND WISDOM WITH OUR COMMUNITIES.

Recent Interviews:
  • Billy Frank, Nisqually Tribal Elder and Chairman of Northwest Indian Fisheries
    Commission (1932-2015) – date
  • Marilyn Scott, Vice Chair of Upper Skagit Tribe – date
  • Charlene Nelson, Chair of Shoalwater Bay Tribe – date
  • Toni Lodge, Chief Executive Officer, NATIVE Project of Spokane – Coming

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November 2020 Tribal and State Leaders Health Summit
Elders’ session – Recording and slides
2020 Virtual Tribal-ALTSA-HCS-AAA Fall Summit
COVID-19 Aging and Disability Resource Center Grant PPT

COVID-19 Aging and Disability Resource Center Grant

Purpose: To assist the Washington State No Wrong Door network to build statewide
capacity to serve American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) older adults and individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the increased needs that are anticipated during the recovery period.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Vicki Lowe at vicki.lowe.aihc@outlook.com

Pulling Together for Wellness: Elder Self-Management Blood Pressure Program

Purpose: Support culturally appropriate self-management blood pressure programs for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Elders, their families, and communities. Technical assistance to establish a collaboration between health clinics and elders’ programs with the engagement of CHRs training to implement a model based on a curriculum to accurately measure blood pressure developed by Dr. Cheryl Farmer from Washington State Department of Health.  AIHC ‘s Pulling Together for Wellness Framework (PTW) is integrated into the Train-the-Trainer Accurate Blood Pressure Measurement program to ensure increasing culturally appropriate strategies are included in the implementation in the self-management Blood Pressure programs for tribal members. To schedule technical assistance and training contact Jan Ward Olmstead.

Did you know?
How to prevent high blood pressure:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Maintain a physically active lifestyle
  • Do not smoke commercial tobacco
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink
  • Get adequate sleep

Relevant Data

  • Heart Disease is the leading cause of AI/AN death in Washington.
  • Mortality rates for heart disease among AI/AN in Washington remain significantly higher than for NHW and the disparity is increasing.
  • Hospitalizations and mortality for stroke (cerebrovascular disease) are higher for Washington AI/AN than for NHW.
  • Risk factors for heart disease include smoking, a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. Other medical conditions that increase the risk of developing heart disease include hypertension, diabetes and hyperlipidemia. Heart disease is more common in men compared to women and increases with age.
  • Efforts to prevent heart disease in AI/AN include smoking cessation, dietary counseling, exercise programs and control of blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jan Ward Olmstead at janolmstead@gmail.com

STAYING ACTIVE AND HEALTHY WITH ARTHRITIS

Purpose: Develop, design, support and disseminate a culturally-based walking program for AI/AN people aligned with PTW. Funded by DOH’s Washington Healthy and Active for Arthritis Management (WHAAM) Program funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Activities include:

  • Identify walking programs
  • Partner with Elder programs/groups
  • Identify innovative strategies supported by elders/youth
  • Providing training resources and support
  • Development of adaptation/enhancement/new strategies

Did you know?

American Indians have the highest prevalence of arthritis of any population in the United States. There are five types of Arthritis:

CDC Data

  • 1 in 5 US adults with arthritis has symptoms of anxiety or depression. 
  • Arthritis, anxiety, and depression can all have negative effects on overall health and quality of life. 
  • Overall prevalence of severe joint pain among adults with arthritis: 26.5%.
  • Prevalence of severe joint pain among adults with arthritis and obesity: 31.7%.
  • Prevalence of severe joint pain among adults with arthritis and heart disease: 34.1%.
  • Prevalence of severe joint pain among adults with arthritis and diabetes: 40.9%.
  • Prevalence of severe joint pain among adults with arthritis and disability: 45.6%.
  • Prevalence of severe joint pain among adults with arthritis and serious psychological distress: 56.3%.

Walk with Ease (WWE)

https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/interventions/programs/wwe-group.htm

Arthritis Foundation – Walk with Ease

https://www.arthritis.org/health-wellness/healthy-living/physical-activity/walking/walk-with-ease

American Walks – Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging people with Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems

https://americawalks.org/inclusive-planning-in-tribal-communities-engaging-people-with-disabilities-in-designing-safe-and-accessible-transportation-systems/

Other Resources:

Walk with a DOC

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https://walkwithadoc.org/start-a-walk/walk-with-a-future-doc/

 

Other Recognized Programs

Promising Programs

OTHER PROGRAMS

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jan Ward Olmstead at janolmstead@gmail.com