Aging

As the population over the age of 65 continues to grow, both in the state and nationally, the Center for Rural Health works to address issues of aging in rural and tribal communities. Our staff:

  • Work to ensure access to health care and support services in communities.
  • Research the availability of services for aging populations.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of innovative services for individuals with dementia.
  • Provide culturally appropriate information and training to assist in the prevention of elder abuse and increase quality of life for elders in tribal communities.

The Center for Rural Health’s Rural Assistance Center lists additional rural aging information and resources.

Key Contact

Paula Carter, PhD - Project Director

Most Recent Publications

  • Native Aging Visions, Summer 2015
    National Resource Center on Native American Aging May 2015
    Newsletter developed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.
  • Native Aging Visions, Winter 2015
    National Resource Center on Native American Aging January 2015
    Newsletter developed by the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.
  • NRCNAA Celebrates 20 Years Helping Native Elders
    Massmann, N. December 2014
    North Dakota Medicine, Vol. 39, Issue 4
    Native American elders have many of the same needs as other elder populations, and the idea behind the program was to be able to provide a way to identify specific needs within communities.
  • Oral Health in Native American Elderly
    Hall, S., Stensland, P., Morin-Carter, P. August 2014
    The National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) has released a fact sheet using nationwide data from “Identifying our Needs: A Survey of Elders.” Includes information on dental work needed and overall oral health indicators.
  • North Dakota Assistance Program For Dementia Caregivers Lowered Utilization, Produced Savings, And Increased Empowerment
    Klug, M. G., Halaas, G. W., & Peterson, M. L.
    Journal of Health Affairs, Volume 33 Issue 4 Pages 605-612, April 2014
    North Dakota’s state-funded Dementia Care Services Program provides individualized assistance to caregivers of persons with dementia.

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