Skip to content Skip to navigation

Introduction to a supplemental issue of the Journal of Applied Gerontology: Research on American Indian and Alaska Native aging

TitleIntroduction to a supplemental issue of the Journal of Applied Gerontology: Research on American Indian and Alaska Native aging
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsGoins, R, Manson, SM
JournalJournal of Applied GerontologyJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume25
Pagination5S-8S
Date PublishedFeb
ISBN Number0733-4648<br/>1552-4523
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2006-00878-001
Keywords*Aging, *Alaska Natives, *American Indians, *Gerontology, *Health, applied gerontology, aging, health disparities, ethnic minority, Alaska natives, American Indians, Gerontology [2860], Human, Minority Groups
AbstractThe National Institute on Aging (NIA) has been committed to better understanding the health disparities experienced by older adults from racial and ethnic minority populations. The primary focus of this plan is to develop and sustain research initiatives that will ultimately reduce and eliminate health disparities among these populations. The NIA has recognized that American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) experience striking health disparities. Although the life expectancy of AI/ANs has increased dramatically, from 63.5 years in 1972 to 73.2 years in 1994, AI/ANs continue to suffer substantial health disparities, especially among older adults. The older AI/AN population is expected to increase to 3.5 times its current size . This rapid increase signals an urgent need to increase research efforts that can ultimately improve the health of AI/AN elders. To address these issues, the NIA supports the Native Elder Research Center within the American Indian and Alaska Native Programs at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. This supplemental issue contains original research based on secondary data analyses as well as primary data collection efforts on health-related issues regarding older AI/ANs. Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to NIA and especially Sidney Stahl for their support of this work. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
Ethno Med: