The National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) is one of three centers that exist. The two others, one in Alaska and one in Hawaii, each work specifically with their unique state Native populations. The three centers collaborate on the Identifying Our Needs: A Survey of Elders project and other projects jointly and individually.
Native American Elders have many of the same needs as other elder populations; however, services to address these needs remain unavailable, underdeveloped, or inaccessible in most Native American communities. Native Elders comprise a rapidly growing population in the U.S. Empowerment of Native American leaders and service providers is crucial to the Elders’ health and well-being. Providing high-quality services while maintaining the individual’s cultural values will enhance the Elders’ self-perception, worth, and dignity.
The NRCNAA serves the elderly Native American population of the U.S. The three centers are committed to increasing awareness of issues affecting American Indians, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Elders. We are a voice and advocate for their concerns. Through education, training, technical assistance, and research, the center assists in developing community-based solutions to improve the quality of life and delivery of support services to this aging population.
National Resource Center on Native American Aging
Center for Rural Health
University of North Dakota
School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Suite E231
1301 North Columbia Road, Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037