The National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) has developed a planning guide with worksheets and resources to help prioritize, plan, and promote the Road Map for Indian Country. The newly released guide includes a table with ideas that can be done at the local level for each of the eight strategies of the Road Map for Indian Country. Activities range from easy to more difficult. For example, a low difficulty activity might include adding resource materials to your tribal website. A more intensive activity might consist of training non-health professionals in your community like business owners, gym or fitness center staff, or law enforcement about the warning signs of dementia or work to become a Dementia Friends Champion to educate partners and people throughout your community.
A handy pull-out of potential partners and key players with a “key player Analysis Matrix” is included to help identify and prioritize local partnership opportunities.
The planning guide promotes a “life course perspective” to approaching Alzheimer’s and dementia, including efforts earlier in life to reduce risk factors associated with dementia (diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, traumatic brain, injury, etc.) and promote protective factors such as eating healthy traditional fresh foods, regular exercise, and being socially active.
For more dementia resources designed for urban Indian audiences from NCUIH click here.
The guide was developed under contract to the Alzheimer’s Association with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.