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ERIC Number: ED154973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-15
Reference Count: N/A
Indian Health Service Training Center, Training Course TC-71-2 (February 15 thru March 5, 1971): A Study to Descriptively Analyze the Problems of the Elderly at the San Carlos Reservation with Regard to Health, Illness, Social Pathology, Environment, Health Delivery System, and Felt Need.
Public Health Service (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Indian Health.
A descriptive analysis of the problems of the elderly at the San Carlos Indian Reservation regarding health, illness, social pathology, environment, health delivery systems, and felt needs was conducted. Interview questionnaires were used to obtain data from 59 elderly on the reservation and 21 in an off-reservation nursing home; 39 younger family members of these elderly; key personnel in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Public Health Service, and tribe; community health representatives, clergy, and other influential reservation people; and administrators of 4 off-reservation nursing homes with tribal elderly members. Among the findings were: although off-reservation facilities were satisfactory in providing for physical and medical needs, they did not provide adequately for their emotional needs; it was felt that placing the elderly in off-reservation nursing homes was detrimental to them and their families; everyone interviewed strongly felt that a reservation nursing home was needed; there was a high percentage of reservation people needing a nursing home as shown by the large number of hospital admissions for non-medical reasons and of elderly for whom admission to a nursing home had been advised; the observation that the 13 elderly who lived alone received at least partial care from neighbors and relatives and the lack of an organized form of recreation for the elderly indicated that a day care facility may be needed on the reservation. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Health Service (DHEW), Washington, DC. Div. of Indian Health.