IA2 Issue Brief Focuses on American Indian Diabetes and Depression, Prepared for CDC’s Healthy Aging Program

Jan. 2, 2013

The International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA2) announces that its fourth in a series of issue briefs on American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) topics impacting Indian elders has been posted today on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website for the Healthy Aging Program. IA2 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to acting as a positive force to improve the status of older people worldwide, especially indigenous populations.

In wide-ranging interviews with IA2 Executive Director Dave Baldridge, experts discussed the “vicious cycle” of diabetes and depression, with one leading to the other. The rates of co-occurring diabetes and depression among AI/ANs are so high and the potential impact so profound that CDC and the Indian Health Service (IHS) are working to develop strategies that may well ultimately serve as models for health care providers throughout the nation for treating individuals with diabetes and depression.

The new issue brief on “Diabetes and Depression Among American Indian and Alaska Native Elders,” can be found online at:
http://www.cdc.gov/aging/pdf/hap-issue-brief-aian.pdf

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