In early August, IA2 participated in NICOA’s Elders Conference in Reno, Nevada. IA2 hosted listening sessions, trainings, workshops, photo sessions, and other educational opportunities. During the conference, IA2 reached more than 296 individuals.
At listening sessions, 49 elders, advocates, and caregivers discussed dementia and brain health in sessions led by a team that included staff from IA2, Alzheimer’s Association, and Splaine Consulting.
IA2 hosted training on Savvy Caregiver in Indian Country for Program Leaders, Native Elder Caregiver Curriculum training, and Dementia Friends Champions, including information sessions. In addition, IA2 and friends supported sessions on wandering, dementia policy in tribal communities, and a popular session on the link between food and dementia.
During the conference, IA2 executive director Dave Baldridge (Cherokee) received the Juana Lyon award honoring him for his lifetime achievements on behalf of American Indian and Alaska Native people. Congratulations, Dave! To read the full news release, click here.
Additionally, IA2 has signed on as a national sublicensee for the Dementia Friends program. This license allows tribes, urban Indian health organizations, and Alaska Native communities to receive training and affiliate with IA2 versus working with a state-based entity or in states with no Dementia Friends sublicensee. The program includes newly adapted content created with a multidisciplinary workgroup including tribal-enrolled members. If you are interested in becoming a Dementia Friends Champion, contact us today @ email@example.com. To read the full news release, click here.
IA2 continues to offer print-on-demand stipends of $250 for flyers and posters from the IA2 / ASTHO and National Council for Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) suite of materials developed with funding from the Healthy Brain Initiative sponsored by the CDC. Printed materials are sent directly to tribal offices or urban Indian health centers. Click here to learn more about the available brain health resource stipends for health care providers and American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.
The conference was a huge success, and IA2 was honored to attend and participate. Thank you, NICOA, for a fantastic week of events. Additionally, thank you to NICOA for sharing IA2 conference successes published in Indian Country Today. To read the full article here.
If you participated in the photoshoot, contact us for a link and password to view your photos.
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