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Federal nutrition services for American Indian and Alaska native elders

TitleFederal nutrition services for American Indian and Alaska native elders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsJackson, MY, Godfrey, F
JournalJ Am Diet AssocJ Am Diet Assoc
Volume90
Pagination568-71
Date PublishedApr
ISBN Number0002-8223 (Print)<br/>0002-8223 (Linking)
Accession Number2319079
KeywordsAged, Alaska, Dietary Services, Health Services for the Aged/economics/ legislation & jurisprudence/trends, Humans, Indians, North American, Middle Aged
AbstractAmerican Indian and Alaska native elders have a poverty rate of 61% and a life expectancy between 3 and 4 years less than that of the general older U.S. population. In 1978, Congress enacted a separate title under the Older Americans Act to address some of the special needs of American Indian elders. Since enactment of specific provisions for American Indians, Congress has continued to amend the Older Americans Act to ensure that the nutritional needs of American Indian elders are addressed. Currently, federal nutrition services are provided to American Indian and Alaska native elders through both Title III, Grants for State and Community Programs on Aging, Part C, Nutrition Services, and Title VI, Grants for Native Americans, of the Older Americans Act. In fiscal year 1987, more than 52,000 American Indian and Alaska elders received meals from congregate nutrition sites and/or home-delivered meals.
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