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Native American Elder Health Issues: Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress

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Native American Elder Health Issues: Hearing Before the Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress

by United States Congress Senate

About this title: Original publisher: Washington: U.S. G.P.O.: For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O. [Congressional Sales Office], 2002. OCLC Number: (OCoLC)51045101 Subject: Older Indians -- Government policy -- United States. Excerpt: ... 11 ACKSON Ms. J. Yes. Senator C. Oh. Well, you'll have to come to the unveil-AMPBELL ing. They've named the thing after me. [ Laughter. ] I wondered what the connection was. You'll have to come to that. It's a beautiful building, by the way. ACKSON Ms. J. That's what I understand. Senator C. Maybe the last thing I mentioned, about the AMPBELL elder population and how many youngsters are coming up now, the 2000 census reported only 12 percent of the Indian elder population is 55 or older. It seems to me that logically, what we need to do is cultivate in youngsters lessons about exercise, good health hab-its, that kind of thing. Is that outside of the scope of your agencies, Mr. Walker? Mr. W. No; not really. What we are doing is broadening ALKER our scope. While we are certainly focused on the needs of the elder-ly, we believe that we need to prepare people to be older by giving out broad based messages about prevention, about lifestyle changes that need to take place that will impact the quality of life you have when you are older. AMPBELL Senator C. Good. And perhaps one last question, you mentioned that you just awarded caregiver grants to 177 tribes. What was the total amount of the grants, and what was the aver-age amount given for the grants? Mr. W. The total amount was $ 5.5 million, and the average ALKER award was about $ 18,000. Senator C. Were those grants given on some competitive AMPBELL basis, or how do you give the grants? Mr. W. All federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply. ALKER And they indicate an interest in the ability to provide caregiver services and the statute prescribes five services that they choose from in terms of the provision to their elders and to family care-givers. So they have to meet those c...

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