Elder Services Directory - National

Aboriginal Health & Cultural Diversity Glossary
This website uses an alphabetical menu to browse the definitions for aboriginal health and cultural diversity acronyms and words.

American Indian Policy Center
The mission of the AIPC is to provide government leaders, policy makers and the public with accurate information about the legal and political history of American Indian nations, and the contemporary situation for American Indians. By providing knowledge and education, AIPC hopes to foster better-informed and culturally-sensitive responses to the challenges of American Indian life.

American Society on Aging/Abuse
The ASA is an association of diverse individuals bound by a common goal: to support the commitment and enhance the knowledge and skills of those who seek to improve the quality of life of older adults and their families. The membership of ASA is a multidisciplinary array of professionals who are concerned with the physical, emotional, social, economic and spiritual aspects of aging. They range from practitioners, educators, administrators, policymakers, business people, researchers, students, and more.

Center for American Indian Health
The John Hopkins’ Center for American Indian Health has become a national leader in partnering with tribes to achieve renewed health and well-being for America’s first peoples. All of the Center’s programs are designed with local community advisory boards to ensure cultural competency and community acceptance. The Center provides educational opportunities for those interested in learning about geriatrics and care of the elderly.

Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health
The mission for the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) is to promote the health and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives, of all ages, by pursuing research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information dissemination within a biopsychosocial framework that recognizes the unique cultural contexts of this special population.

DrugWatch.com is a comprehensive web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. DrugWatch.com includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers.

Federal Resources for Native American Elders
This is a resource website created by the Manataka American Indian Council.  A list of information about various resources is included on the site.

This site provides current health news.

Indian Country Today
This site provides a menu of information about Indian Country in global, national, business, politics, jobs, and headlines. Indian Country Today is an award-winning multimedia publisher of news, information, and imagery relevant to the Indigenous people of the Americas. Our mission is to better the lives of Indigenous peoples by delivering accurate, relevant, and culturally sensitive content.

International Union for Circumpolar Health
The International Union for Circumpolar Health (IUCH) is an international non-governmental organization, with members, adhering bodies and affiliates throughout the circumpolar regions. There has been a long-standing need for the exchange of medical knowledge, as well as the results of recent research and demonstrated solutions to problems for the benefit of humankind. The Circumpolar Health Resources site includes many libraries, newsletters, and collections of circumpolar health information.

Journal of Rural Health
The Journal of Rural Health, a quarterly journal published by NRHA, serves as a medium for communication among health scientists and professionals in practice, educational, research, and policy settings. It is a peer-reviewed international journal devoted to advancing professional practice, research, theory development and public policy related to rural health.

Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council
The Council was developed as an organization of sovereign Indian Tribes and Nations formed to advocate for the needs of the Tribal Nations with a large land base (over 100,000 acres) and population. Current Budgets are inadequate for Tribes in the Council and formulas for dispersing appropriated funds neglect Tribes with Large Land Base. Approximately, 75% of all land owned by Indian Nations will be represented by the Nations in the Council.

National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
The Center for Disease Control, Healthy Aging website holds a wealth of information on health issues for older Americans.  It also includes up to date reports on research, care giving, publications, and much more.

National Center on Elder Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), directed by the U.S. Administration on Aging, is committed to helping national, state, and local partners in the field be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence, and without abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The NCEA is a resource for policy makers, social service and health care practitioners, the justice system, researchers, advocates, and families.

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) was founded in 1944 in response to termination and assimilation policies that the United States forced upon the tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereigns. Since then, the National Congress of American Indians has been working to inform the public and Congress on the governmental rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives. NCAI serves to secure for ourselves and our descendants the rights and benefits to which we are entitled; to enlighten the public toward the better understanding of the Indian people; to preserve rights under Indian treaties or agreements with the United States; and to promote the common welfare of the American Indians and Alaska Natives.

National Fatherhood Initiative
NFI is a non-profit organization that is getting to the root of the issues facing your community by educating and engaging dads. Today, one out of every three children goes to bed each night without their biological father in the home. Ensuring that more children grow up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers is the best way to ensure that every child has a happy and secure childhood.

National Indian Council on Aging (NCIOA)
The National Indian Council On Aging, Inc. (NICOA), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1976 by members of the National Tribal Chairmen’s Association that called for a national organization to advocate for improved, comprehensive health and social services to American Indian and Alaska Native Elders. In addition to providing service through several grants from agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NICOA operates as a National Sponsor of the federal Senior Community Service Employment program (SCSEP) in seven states through a grant from the Department of Labor. For over 30 years, the organization has provided service as the nation’s foremost advocate for American Indians and Alaska Native Elders.

National Indian Women's Health Resource Center
The National Indian Women's Health Resource Center (NIWHRC) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is "To assist American Indian and Alaska Native women achieve optimal health and well being throughout their lifetime." In 1993, the Director of Indian Health Service assembled a group of Indian women, recognized as leaders in the health field, to serve on a Steering Committee and to advise IHS on the health needs of Indian women. This site is designed to assist American Indian and Alaska Native women in achieving optimal health and well-being for themselves, their families, and their communities.

National Stroke Association
This website offers great support for stroke survivors and caregivers. Learn how to identify a stroke using the act F.A.S.T test!

Native P.R.I.D.E.
The mission of Native P.R.I.D.E. is  to develop and implement culture, strengths, and spiritual based programs for Native people that inspire leadership, healing and wellness from colonization and multigenerational trauma. We believe Native people will walk into the light of goodness and beauty through a healing journey utilizing Native traditions, culture, and spirituality.

U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA)
In order to serve a growing senior population, AoA envisions ensuring the continuation of a vibrant aging services network at State, Territory, local and Tribal levels through funding of lower-cost, non-medical services and supports that provide the means by which many more seniors can maintain their independence. The mission of AoA is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. HHS works closely with state and local governments, and many HHS-funded services are provided at the local level by state or county agencies, or through private sector grantees. The Department’s programs are administered by 11 operating divisions, including eight agencies in the U.S. Public Health Service and three human services agencies. The department includes more than 300 programs, covering a wide spectrum of activities. In addition to the services they deliver, the HHS programs provide for equitable treatment of beneficiaries nationwide, and they enable the collection of national health and other data.

U.S. Indian Health Service
The mission of the IHS is to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level. IHS’s goal is to assure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people. IHS upholds the Federal Government's obligation to promote healthy American Indian and Alaska Native people, communities, and cultures and to honor and protect the inherent sovereign rights of Tribes.

U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA)
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research.

U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) SeniorHealth
The NIHSeniorHealth is an easy-to-use website featuring basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.

White House Blog: Seniors & Social Security
This is an ongoing blog for seniors about Social Security.