Voices of Our Elders
The National Resource Center for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Elders (UAA NRC) is located on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus within the College of Health. It opened in 2003 under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Amendments to the 2006 Older Americans Act provided funding for up to four National Resource Centers (NRC’s) to enhance knowledge about older Native Americans in order to increase and improve service delivery to this population. Each NRC must address one of four areas of primary concern as defined by the AoA: health issues, long term care including in-home care, Elder abuse, mental health, and other issues facing Native communities.
The UAA NRC was proud to become the second permanent NRC in the United States and it presently focuses on four priority areas which include Alaska Native elder health; elder abuse; long term including in home care; and networking and collaboration. The UAA NRC works to enhance culturally appropriate knowledge about Alaska Native elders in each priority area and then makes this knowledge accessible so that service providers and programs can incorporate it into their service delivery. We also work hard to ensue that Alaska Native elders in communities across Alaska. and their caregivers, have access to this information. In this way improvements to the health, safety, and wellness of Alaska’s Native elders will continue to move forward in ways that lead to healthier families, communities, and regions.