Earlier this month, I had the great honor of attending the National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA) biennial conference in Niagara Falls, NY, in celebration of NICOA’s 40th anniversary. The event brought together over 1300 people representing numerous tribes from the United States and Canada, showcasing the resilience of and challenges facing American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities as they age. Three full days of panel discussions, workshops, a traditional meal, and dancing allowed us to learn from one another and take pride in Native heritage and tribal identity.
Though the NICOA conference has been held every two years since NICOA’s founding in 1976, this was my first time attending the conference. I was floored by the number.... 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.
Today, the Diverse Elders Coalition delivered 4,710 comments to the federal government’s Administration for Community Living (ACL) in response to the ACL’s public comment period on their Guidance for the Development and Submission of State Plans on Aging, State Plan Amendments and the Intrastate Funding Formula. Our coalition members’ comments highlight the unique aging needs of diverse elders in the United States and demand that the ACL’s guidance to state aging programs explicitly acknowledge and meet the needs of American Indian/Alaska Native elders, Asian American/Pacific Islander elders, Black elders, Hispanic elders, and LGBT elders.
Empowering our community members to tell their stories and advocate for their needs is.... Read More
This letter was originally published on the NICOA website on July 19, 2016. Read the original here.
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
Healthy eating in the modern world is not always easy. Fast food and prepackaged foods offer inexpensive and easy alternatives to healthier foods or cooking from scratch. Even in remote locations, you can count on finding snacks like burgers, chips, candies, and sodas. But these kinds of foods can be harmful to our health in the long run.
A poor diet can have dramatic impact on the lives of Elders. American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) in particular face a predisposition – a greater likelihood of developing – obesity and diabetes. Diet and nutrition play a crucial role in the overall.... Read More
by Christine Herman, NCAREE Technical Communications Manager for NICOA. This Post originally appeared on the NICOA blog.
While there are many factors that contribute to good health, diet and exercise remain key. In the not so distant past, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) communities were largely untouched by the types of chronic disease that now plague us, like diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. From the traditional diets to the higher levels of physical activity, AI/AN lifestyles were naturally healthier than those led by people in general today.
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.
For 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
April is Financial Literacy Month, and we’re commemorating the occasion with a series of blog posts from DEC members about economic security and financial resources for our elders. Today’s blog post originally appeared on the NICOA blog.
by Christine Herman
Making good financial decisions isn’t easy. Despite the fact that we gain knowledge over the course of our lives, as Elders it actually becomes more difficult to make sound financial choices. As part of the aging process some may experience a decline in decision-making ability. Cognitive impairment and conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can accelerate the decline of decision-making ability.
But it’s not just our ability to understand financial situations that makes it difficult. The world is increasingly.... Read More
Navajo Nation Leaders meet with the National Indian Council on Aging
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 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