Vaccination Rates Among American Indians

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

Immunization against childhood diseases is regarded as one of the greatest public health achievements in the United States and worldwide. The benefit of vaccinations has been particularly notable for American Indian and Alaska Native people, who have suffered disproportionately from infectious diseases compared with the general U.S. population. Vaccination coverage among American Indian children is higher than national coverage levels for most vaccines. This finding contrasts with overall coverage estimates among all American Indians, which usually are slightly below national coverage levels.

From 2006 to 2010, CDC researchers reported that although disparities existed between white and American Indian and Alaska Native populations in 2001 to 2004, the findings from the latest surveys showed.... Read More

             

NICOA Creates COVID-19 Tribal Needs Assessment

This article originally appeared on the NICOA blog.

The National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) invites you to participate in our COVID-19 tribal needs assessment. Your participation will positively impact the wellbeing of American Indian and Alaska Native elders.

As the leading national Native aging organization for elders, we strive to provide information that will assist tribes and their communities. The information we gather will help us better understand how tribes have been affected by COVID-19 and the mental, physical and social impact it has had on their health. It will also serve to illustrate what Indian Country looks like to those who do not know, and help us focus our efforts most effectively.

Once the information is collected and.... Read More

             

It’s the Season for Getting (or Keeping) Health Coverage

By Lauren Pongan, National Director.

With the number of COVID-19 cases reaching record highs in the U.S., healthcare access and coverage remains top of mind. November and December are the months to reassess and adjust your healthcare coverage, if you enroll through the Affordable Care Act or Medicare. 

Here are some important dates to remember, depending on how you get your healthcare coverage: 

If you get private insurance through the Affordable Care Act, use the Federal or a state Marketplace to shop for a plan that works for you. Marketplace Open Enrollment is open now through Dec. 15, for coverage that starts on January 1st, 2021.   Now through Dec. 7, those eligible can enroll in Medicare.... Read More
             

The Ways the Pandemic Has Influenced Our Eating Habits

More cooking, more uncertainty, less exercise and less sleep have taken their toll

By Randi Mazzella. This article originally appeared on the Next Avenue blog

Part of the THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW SPECIAL REPORT

Last week, my husband and I decided since outdoor dining resumed in our state, we would go out to dinner. For the first time in several months, I decided to get dressed up. I noticed that all my “real” pants felt snug at the waist.

The pandemic and staying at home had changed my eating habits immensely. Over the past few months, dinner had become the focal point of our family’s day. I was cooking more elaborate meals. Indulging in.... Read More

             

No Gym? No Worries — How to Stay Fit at Home

Plus: the right amount of exercise to stay healthy during the pandemic

By Sheryl Jean. This article originally appeared on the Next Avenue blog.

Part of the THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW SPECIAL REPORT

Since his gym closed, you might find Tom Hippman, 55, working out to Journey’s “Eye of the Tiger” in his Dallas living room, using whatever props he can find.

He’s been doing sit-ups against the wall, deadlifting 64-load bottles of Woolite, running through his parking garage and other exercises for 45 minutes a day.

“Being in a seven-hundred-square-foot apartment is a little more challenging,” Hippman says. “I’ve taken it on as a challenge.”

Many people are spending more time at home.... Read More