ERIC Number: ED347715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
The Older American Indian with Disabilities: Implications for Providers of Health Care and Human Services.
Saravanabhavan, R. C.; Marshall, Catherine A.
This review of the literature on older American Indians with disabilities examines the "early" aging of American Indians compared to the general population. It discusses the situation of American Indians on reservations, focusing on their socioeconomic conditions; education, housing, and transportation; health conditions; and service delivery. Aging American Indians in urban settings are then discussed in terms of disability status and functional limitations, health care and human service needs, education and employment, and quality of life. The review indicates that American Indians age faster than the general population, experiencing limitations in daily functioning at earlier ages than non-Indian populations. The aging American Indian is faced with poverty, poor health, and difficult living conditions. Recommendations are made regarding the health care and human service needs of older American Indians with disabilities. (Approximately 40 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff. American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Forum on Research in Aging (8th, Lincoln, NE, October 4-5, 1991).