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Long-Term Services and Supports

June 2015
A monthly newsletter developed through a partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Indian Health Service, and the Administration on Community Living.
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In this issue: LTSS News | Upcoming Webinar | Featured Video | Featured Resource
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Start the Conversation: Raising Awareness
About Elder Abuse
On June 15, 2015, people around the world were asked to wear purple to raise awareness for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). Elder abuse is a growing concern in Indian Country, prompting the LTSS Tribal Technical Assistance Center to expand its resources on the topic. The site has added profiles of five tribal elder abuse prevention programs and two new research reports. (See Featured Resources below.)
Currently the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) offers recommendations for tribes wishing to address elder abuse in their communities in a culturally appropriate manner. They include:
  • Starting conversations in tribal communities about abuse, such as: definitions, reporting laws, tribal codes and services
  • Involving community health representatives in awareness efforts
  • Creating outreach campaigns that acknowledge elders’ roles in traditional society, prioritize respectful treatment of elders, reflect how elders perceive and feel about abuse, and use role-playing to sensitize youth to what it’s like to be old and visa-versa.
To start or join a conversation about elder abuse, go to the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative, find tribal and state hotlines to social and adult protective services in your area, and learn about WEAAD tips and tools, available year-around.
National Safety Month 2015
Safety Resources for Tribal Members with Disabilities
June is National Safety Month, and the U.S. Fire Administration is sharing information about fire safety—a particular concern for tribal members with physical or mental disabilities who live alone. Among other resources, the site has statistics, recommended approaches for conversations, and fire safety messages. Another good source is the National Fire Protection Association, where you will find educational materials and a comprehensive emergency evacuation planning guide, including a checklist for building service managers and people with disabilities.
For additional resources be sure to check out:
Upcoming Webinar
Caring for the Caregivers: Using REACH into Indian Country to Support People Caring for Patients with Dementia and Alzheimer's
Join us Wednesday, June 24, for a discussion with IHS and VA staff on coordination, collaboration, and training opportunities for the REACH into Indian Country program. REACH is an award-winning, evidence-based program that supports caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
Image of CAPT Tina Tah CAPT Tina Tah, B.S.N., M.B.A., R.N.
Senior Nurse Consultant, Public Health Nursing, IHS Headquarters
Image of Jennifer Martindale-Adams Jennifer Martindale-Adams, Ed.D.
Co-Director, Caregiver Center
Image of Barbara Higgens Barbara Higgins
Staff Social Worker, Archie Hendricks, Sr. Skilled Nursing Facility (Arizona)
Norma Benally
Community Health Nurse, IHS New Mexico Area
Image of Bruce Finke Bruce Finke, M.D.
Nashville Area IHS Elder Health Consultant and Acting Chief Medical Officer for the Nashville Area
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Featured Video
What Works for Us: New LTSS Video Series
A new collection of short videos called “What Works for Us” captures insights and advice from tribal leaders, planners, and administrators with real-world experience in creating tribal LTSS programs.

Each of the four videos covers a key issue:
  1. Building Partnerships and Coordinating Services
  2. Culture and Community
  3. Staff Hiring and Retention
  4. State and Federal Relationships
New LTSS Video Series
Featured Resources
New Program Profiles and Research Reports on Elder Abuse Prevention
Five successful elder abuse prevention programs are now profiled on the LTSS Tribal Technical Assistance Center. Each profile documents strategies for success, funding, lessons learned, and how each program attends to specific cultural considerations when addressing and preventing elder abuse in their tribal communities. The programs are operated by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Also posted on the site are two new research reports:
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About the Newsletter
The Long-Term Services and Supports Newsletter is published monthly by the Tribal Affairs Division of CMS to share information, funding opportunities, and resources with tribal leaders, LTSS health planners, and supporters.

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