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Technical assistance for culturally competent care
January 2016
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Winterize to Prevent Falls
Driveways, sidewalks, and roads are icy in many parts of the country this month. To reduce risks for your community members, see this useful download from the National Council on Aging on winterizing to prevent falls and screening for fall risk among older adults and adults with disabilities. Consider this tip: inexpensive wheelchair snow tires.
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  More from the TAC
  Visit the LTSS Technical Assistance Center to watch a useful webinar recording about steps your program can take to prevent falls among tribal elders in your community. Preventing Elder Falls and Injuries, Building a Program that Works was presented in May 2014 by Bruce Finke from the Indian Health Service and Sam Gabuzzi from the Administration for Community Living.
Perspectives on Dementia
According to dementia care professionals who work with tribal patients, cases of Alzheimer's in Indian Country may not always be diagnosed as a disorder. Instead, some tribal communities may view dementia as an elder's return to childhood as they complete the loop of life.
In a recent interview, National Public Radio explored this topic by speaking with mental health professionals and a woman who was unaware of Alzheimer’s until she recently came to understand it as the reason for her mother’s unusual behavior. Read or listen to her story of seeing and accepting the signs of Alzheimer's while providing care for her mother.
Nursing Textbook Focuses on American Indians
American Indian Health and Nursing A new nursing textbook is the first of its kind to focus on American Indian health.

American Indian Health and Nursing, by Margaret P. Moss (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation), examines health care disparities and provides nurses and nursing students with information and tools to improve cultural competence when working with American Indian patients.

The textbook includes examples from nine different Native cultures, and looks at topics ranging from elder care and urban Indians to the impacts of historical trauma and geographical barriers to care.
National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and it offers LTSS providers a chance to teach elders in Indian Country about glaucoma and its risk factors, including diabetes.

One study found that more American Indians and Alaska Natives are diagnosed with glaucoma than people in other ethnic populations. Identifying glaucoma early is important to prevent serious visual impairment and blindness.

The American Glaucoma Foundation website offers helpful information and resources, including:

how glaucoma is diagnosed
treatment options
risk factors
And answers to frequently asked questions
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Connect on LinkedIn
The CMS Tribal Affairs Group on LinkedIn offers a unique opportunity to connect with others working on LTSS in Indian Country. Presenters for our upcoming webinar, "The results of the 2014 survey of Administration for Community Living Title VI program participants," are currently fielding questions.
Join the group and join the conversation.
Upcoming Webinar
LTSS and Tribal Leaders—New Resources on
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Tribal leaders play a crucial role in making sure elders and people with disabilities in their community get the long-term services and supports they need. Whether you are a tribal leader yourself or are seeking to inform tribal leaders in your community, a new resource will be available soon on
In this webinar, you will receive a tour of the resources available in the Tribal Leaders section, coming soon to the LTSS TA Center.
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Vice President of Communications
Kauffman & Associates, Inc.
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Creative Director
Kauffman & Associates, Inc.
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