Assessment of Facilitators and Barriers for Tribal Practitioners in Elder Abuse Screening and Management
The International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA2) recognizes that elder abuse causes negative health outcomes, trauma, and risk of premature death in victims. American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) have been found to have a higher prevalence of abuse in an already vulnerable population that is growing faster than the non-minority population. IA2’s broad goal is to promote and implement screenings, referrals, and interventions for elders who are victims of abuse. Currently there is no research in this area. Through this innovation grant, IA2 conducted a needs assessment where practitioners serving AIAN elders were interviewed and surveyed to understand current needs and experiences in recognizing and managing elder abuse in their practices.
The International Association for Indigenous Aging
The International Association for Indigenous Aging (IA2) is a non-profit association working to ensure the provision of appropriate and quality services and resources for indigenous elders. IA2 works to expand opportunities for elders’ involvement and educate the public, policymakers, and practitioners about the status of indigenous elders. An area of focus for IA2 is protection of the rights and autonomy of elders including their freedom from abuse and neglect. The association has advocated for American Indian and Alaska Native elders who are victims since 1992 including authoring some of the nation’s most widely published papers and projects on the subject.