The Healing Power of Sleep

    Did you get a good night’s sleep last night? Research shows that nearly 60% of Elders did not. And while we often focus on diet and exercise when making healthier choices, we may be overlooking our sleeping habits. For Elders and caregivers alike, quality sleep is important for promoting overall wellbeing.

    We all know the classic sign of a poor night’s sleep: feeling crabby the next day. But did you know that poor sleep can have many different negative effects on the mind and body.

    For instance, were you aware that not getting enough sleep can increase the risk for developing a disease? Shocking but true: research has shown that just a few days of not getting enough.... Read More

                 

    National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. Receives $763,620 Grant

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    Contact: Randella Bluehouse, NICOA Executive Director
    Phone: (505) 292-2001 Email: rbluehouse@NICOA.org

    National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. Receives $763,620 Grant
    Older adults to work, receive training, and assist local agencies serving the community

    St. Paul, MN. (December 29, 2016) – The National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA) announced today that it was awarded a grant of $763,620 from Senior Service America, Inc. Almost 90 percent of this grant – originally from the U.S. Department of Labor – will provide temporary employment to at least 225 low-income older adults living in Dakota, Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Mower, Olmstead, Ramsey, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona Counties. These.... Read More

                 

    NICOA Advocating for Aging in Indian Country at the NCAI Convention

    The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) was a significant presence at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 73rd Annual Convention and Marketplace, October 9-14, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. NICOA reached out to NCAI in early January to offer partnership to inform tribal leaders, partners and delegates from around the nation about the issues elders face across Indian Country. NICOA is thankful to Denise Desiderio, NCAI Policy & Legislative Director, and Robert Holden, NCAI Deputy Director for their support, of NICOA’ s advocacy for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) elders.

    NICOA presented a breakout session titled “Elder Issues in Indian Country” on Wednesday, October 12. NICOA coordinated a panel of speakers with expertise in aging across Indian Country. The.... Read More

                 

    NICOA hosts 21st National Indian Council on Aging Conference in Niagara Falls, NY

    “Aging Healthy through Song and Dance” is the theme for the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) Biennial Conference, celebrating 40 years of service to American Indian and Alaska Native Elders. The Conference will take place September 13th through 15th, 2016, in Niagara Falls, NY. More than 1500 Elders, stakeholders and Aging Network providers are expected to attend. NICOA acknowledges the Seneca Nation of Indians for co-hosting this dynamic conference.

    During the event, voting member Elders will actively participate in caucus sessions representing each of the twelve NICOA regions; participate in the election of board members; submit aging specific resolutions; revise bylaws; and develop a collective aging policy agenda for NICOA to advocate for in Washington, DC.

    Keynote.... Read More

                 

    Civic Engagement: Your Voice Matters!

    This letter was originally published on the NICOA website on July 19, 2016. Read the original here.

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    Dear Elder,

    Ya’at’eeh! I am reaching out to you to share about a timely opportunity that we have for your voice be heard by the Administration for Community Living and state aging network. But we need to act quickly!

    The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is requesting public comment to help hold the Aging Network accountable for meeting the needs of Elders in Indian Country. I am appealing to you to take just one minute of your time to sign our Comment.... Read More

                 

    Aging with Purpose

    Elders, on average, are living longer now than ever before. While aging does bring new challenges, it also provides new opportunities. As another stage in the cycle of life, we look toward our Elder years with the understanding that while some doors will have closed, others are now open to us.

    nicoa01For American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Elders, growing older has provided us with a lifetime of valuable experiences and lessons learned. Through struggles and successes, we have gained wisdom about many different subjects. Elders are looked to for this wisdom, for guidance, from the younger generations. It is both a privilege and.... Read More

                 

    Navajo Nation Leaders meet with the National Indian Council on Aging

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    Navajo Nation Leaders meet with the National Indian Council on Aging

    Albuquerque, New Mexico – March 9, 2016 – It is inspiring when Tribal leaders demonstrate their concerns and commitment to our cherished elders. The National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA) in Albuquerque, NM received a special visit from the Navajo Nation President Begaye and Vice President Nez on March 7, 2016. They talked about their plans to create opportunities for intergenerational programs that will bring elders and youth together to strengthen the values of the Navajo Life Ways. Vice President Begay commented that “it is the obligation of the Navajo Nation to ensure that our language, culture and values from our elders to our.... Read More

                 

    Using Visual Media to Celebrate and Support our Native Elders

    At this year’s Aging in America Conference in Washington, DC (March 20-24), the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) will have two posters on display in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Exhibit Hall A. A poster session is a great opportunity for conference participants to take in information at their own pace and get a more in-depth understanding of some of the issues being discussed during other conference workshops or panels. Additionally, the posters’ creators and sponsoring organizations often take questions and discuss the posters during set times throughout the conference so you can learn more about their creation and content.

    NICOA will have two posters available for viewing during this year’s conference: Contributing Factors to American.... Read More

                 

    Happy Memories of My Visit to Grandma’s

    Memories of my maternal grandma will always be with me. We called her “Ma’sani’ “(translated from my language it means — “Elder Mother.”) Our tribe is matrilineal so my four clans come to me through the female lineage of my parents ancestors. When I was a child I remember traveling to the deep frontier country in the back of our pickup truck to visit Grandma. The roads were dirt – not paved. The air was fresh and my hair would blow wild in the breeze. I was so excited because we were going to grandma’s house. My maternal grandmother lived about 35 miles off the main roadway. On rainy days the dirt roads were hard to maneuver because of the.... Read More

                 

    National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA) and the 2015 White House Conference on Aging

    The 2015 White House Conference on Aging was a unique experience. It did not follow the traditional path of previous White House Conferences primarily due to the lack of funding and authorizing legislation in support of the process this year. Despite these obstacles, President Obama, Nora Super and the Administration for Community Living were able to create a new approach and focus the nation’s attention on aging issues. Given these challenges, it was a bold accomplishment.

    Like others in the Aging Community, I wondered how the virtual format and regional forums would be implemented. My concern was that technology might interfere with direct communication and hinder the process. Many in tribal areas would not be able to participate.... Read More

                 

    2015 American Indian and Alaska Native White House Conference on Aging Listening Session held in Norman, OK

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    2015 American Indian and Alaska Native White House Conference on Aging Listening Session held in Norman Oklahoma – Unimpeded by Tornadoes and Flooding

    Albuquerque, NM, May 11, 2015 – With overwhelming and significant attendance over 108 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Elders, Tribal Leaders, Caregivers, and Service Providers from across the country convened in Norman Oklahoma on May 6, 2015. Although sudden threats of severe weather conditions loomed about the area the event took place with much success and accomplishment.

    OK_PanelThis event held in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services Region VI & VII Tribal.... Read More

                 

    Diversity Within Diversity:  The Uniqueness in Our Ethnic Elders

    Guest blog by Maria Hernandez Peck

     

    It is my privilege to have an opportunity to share some of my thoughts about what needs to be considered when serving ethnic minority elders.   As service providers, it is imperative that we know where we find ourselves in relationship to these groups.  Early on in my career as a professional educator, I learned the importance of achieving some sense of cultural competence, these days I think of it as cultural humility, if I were going to be effective as a practicing professional.  Back in those days, Dr. Jose Gallegos, DSW, provided us with a model that highlighted the importance of understanding our beliefs and values and how these interfaced with or might.... Read More

                 
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