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Serving older Native Americans: Challenges facing gerontological social work in Indian country

TitleServing older Native Americans: Challenges facing gerontological social work in Indian country
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMiller-Cribbs, J, Byers, L, Moxley, D
JournalJournal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work: Innovation in Theory, Research & PracticeJournal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work: Innovation in Theory, Research & Practice
Volume18
Pagination261-275
Date PublishedOct
ISBN Number1531-3204<br/>1531-3212
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 2010-12293-001
Keywords*American Indians, *Gerontology, *Social Casework, *Social Services, Community & Social Services [3373], Human Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Aged (65 yrs & older), Minority Groups, older Native Americans, gerontology, social work, social services, minority, us
AbstractRecognizing that Native American elders are a growing segment of the minority aged in the United States, this paper highlights the relevant social service issues of Native American elderly and focuses on building social work knowledge of these topics on a national and state level. The authors offer three practice strategies for a sound social work response in serving older Native Americans: (1) inclusion and collaboration with tribal nations, (2) outreach to households and local communities, and (3) capacity building. These strategies are framed against the realities of Native American elders residing in Oklahoma, a state with one of the highest American Indian populations in the United States and 39 sovereign tribal governments. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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