NICOA Conference on Aging in Indian Country is in September

    The 2018 National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA) Conference on Aging in Indian Country is just two months away, and it is the only conference which focuses exclusively on American Indian and Alaska Native Elders. The biennial conference, which will bring in 1,500 to 2,000 American Indian and Alaska Native Elders from all over the country, will be held at the stunning Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California from September 10-13, 2018.

    The conference is a one-of-a-kind experience for attendees, especially for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders and those in aging organizations and communities. At the conference, attendees will learn about policy issues that are critical for Elders; learn about new programs and services.... Read More

                 

    Native American Heritage Month – Digital Storytelling

    National Native American Heritage Month pays tribute to the rich traditions of Native Americans, and one of those traditions is storytelling. For the past month, the National Indian Council On Aging (NICOA) has been sharing the most recent stories from the Native Elder Storytelling Project to help celebrate that tradition.

    Click above to watch our latest videos. They can also be found on NICOA’s YouTube channel along with our first round of videos.

    Native Storytelling Importance

    Shannon Smith from the Native Daughters Project beautifully paints the picture of the importance of Native storytelling:

    Storytelling is a diverse and powerful medium of imagery and.... Read More

                 

    How does the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) impact elders in Indian Country?

    This post originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

    The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is the only federal community service and job training program focused exclusively on serving low-income older adults 55 and older, in nearly all 3,000 U.S. counties and territories through state and national grantees. Seventy-five percent of the money spent for this program goes directly to wages for 65,170 older Americans.

    Participants in the program work and receive on the job training at 20,000 local nonprofit and government programs. These host agencies include libraries, senior centers, schools, and tribal government offices. Last year, SCSEP participants provided nearly 35 million staffing hours to these local programs, including more than 7 million hours serving older.... Read More

                 

    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

                 
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