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New Nursing Home at Pine Ridge
Photo by Lakota Country Times
The Oglala Sioux Tribe is constructing a $16.5 million nursing home on the edge of the Pine Ridge Reservation in Whiteclay, NE. The nursing home will create 80 to 100 jobs and allow tribal elders and others to receive care close to the main Pine Ridge village. The 50-bed facility is expected to open in February or March of 2016.
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  Is a tribally operated nursing home right for your community?
A needs assessment can answer this question, and the LTSS Technical Assistance Center can guide you through this process. Understand your community’s needs and start developing a plan to address them using available resources.
Find resources to conduct an effective LTSS needs assessment on the TA Center.
ACL Launches 'What is Brain Health?'
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has launched a campaign to provide information about how the brain changes over time and what steps people can take to help keep their brains sharp. The campaign also offers tips for talking with loved ones and health care practitioners about symptoms of disease or cognitive impairment if they arise. The Brain Health website is hosted by actress Marcia Gay Harden and includes tips and tools for promoting brain health, educational videos, links to social media, public service announcements, testimonials from real people, an interactive feature that shows how the brain changes with age, and an educator guide for community presentations.
Flu Vaccines among Younger and Middle-Aged Adults May Help Protect the Elderly
As colder weather approaches, so does the season for influenza. A recent study found that higher flu vaccination rates among young and middle-aged adults may lower the influenza risk among the elderly. The study estimated that a higher number of vaccinations among younger adults could have prevented about 1 in 20 cases of the flu in older adults.
Read more about this study.
Download a factsheet about flu vaccines and how they help keep Indian Country healthy.
Print free materials to promote flu vaccinations in your community.
In Case You Missed It: Caring for People with Alzheimer’s
The Native America Calling radio talk show highlighted caring for the caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s in a 1-hour program that aired October 1. Featured guests included Jan Dougherty from the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Lucinda Martin (Navajo) from the Navajo Area Agency on Aging.
Join the conversation on LinkedIn
Have questions about Alzheimer’s disease resources in Indian Country? Ruth Drew with the Alzheimer’s Association is presenting on the topic at next week’s LTSS webinar. Let her know what you’d like to learn by commenting on the discussion she’s started on the CMS Tribal Affairs LinkedIn group.
Upcoming Webinar
Alzheimer's Disease Services and Supports for Tribal Communities
Wednesday, October 28
Learn about the impact of Alzheimer's disease on tribal communities at our October 28 webinar, featuring Ruth Drew, director of Family and Information Services at the Alzheimer’s Association. In addition, Ms. Drew will inform participants about the services and supports available through the Alzheimer's Association at the national and chapter levels.
Ruth Drew
Director of Family and Information Services
Alzheimer’s Association
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Long-Term Services and Supports Solutions is published monthly by the Tribal Affairs Division of CMS to share information, funding opportunities, and resources with LTSS planners, tribal leaders, and supporters.
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